Up 65 Points in Reading Proficiency, Lefty’s Reading Challenge Participant Honored in a Special Way by Auto Club Speedway

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. – (Oct. 9, 2013) – More than 100,000 students from 175 area elementary schools read more than more than 700,000 books as part of Auto Club Speedway’s “Lefty’s Reading Challenge” in 2013.  The program, named after Auto Club Speedway mascot Lefty, was launched in 2010 with a goal of showing the importance of reading as a foundation for future student growth.

Two area teachers noted:  “Lefty’s Reading Challenge has motivated even our most reluctant readers.” And,“Two of my students who hadn’t read one book since the beginning of the year stepped up their game and met their Lefty’s Reading Challenge!”

Cleminson School fifth-grader Kameron Blanks epitomizes what Lefty’s Reading Challenge is all about.  Making huge strides in English/Language Arts his state testing scores went from Proficient to Advanced – an improvement of 46 points.  And his scholastic reading scores have also surged by 65 points.

And for that, on Friday, Oct. 11, Kameron will hitch a ride with Speedway President Gillian Zucker in style – INDYCAR Showcar style – to school and to a special school assembly highlighting his accomplishments.

Lefty’s Reading Challenge, offered to schools in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties rewards school winners with thousands of dollars for their school libraries. 

This year, Lefty’s Reading Challenge will begin Jan. 13 – Feb. 7, 2014.   Registration for Lefty’s Reading Challenge remains open now until Jan. 10.  For more information or to register for the reading challenge, visit www.leftyskidsclub.com/readingchallenge.  For schools that register by Nov.1, the principal and (2) guests will be invited for a ride in the official Auto Club Speedway Pace Car at speeds over 100 mph!

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