School Recognized for Participation in Annual Lefty’s Reading Challenge

Fontana, CA – (Jan. 17, 2017) - Mango Elementary School will be adding a reading garden to its  campus thanks to the Inside the Outdoors program. The new garden will be a quiet space for students to read during school hours and for students to help learn to tend to and nurture the garden. Inside the Outdoors will provide materials and plants, which were purchased with funds from the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope grant they received in 2016 from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.  They welcome students and families to help build the reading garden on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8:00 a.m. – 12noon. 

“We are trading in our driving gloves for gardening gloves to help build this reading garden,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “This garden symbolizes the importance of literacy and to celebrate Mango Elementary’s continued participation in Lefty’s Reading Challenge.”

Mango Elementary School was selected to receive the grant from Inside the Outdoors due to their participation in Auto Club Speedway’s literacy program, Lefty’s Reading Challenge. Over the past few years, the school has participated in the month-long free literacy program to win money for their library, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets.

This year, Mango Elementary School joins over 230 elementary in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties in Lefty’s Reading Challenge taking place January 16-Feb. 10, 2017. Lefty’s Reading Challenge, part of Auto Club Speedway’s youth initiative, Lefty’s Kids Club, provides area youth with a positive and enriching outlook on life inspiring achievement and education in an effort to build future race fans.

About Inside the Outdoors: Inside the Outdoors is a unique, hands-on environmental education program administered by the Orange County Department of Education.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation: Chandra and Jimmie Johnson launched the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Champion and six time winner of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS in NASCAR’s top series. The mission of the Foundation is to assist children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. The Foundation has committed more than $9.5 million to various charities. The Foundation currently focuses on K-12 public education.  For additional information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit
About the Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club:  Lefty’s Kids Club offers a free Green Flag membership for children 12 years old and under that offers children the exclusive opportunity to attend special events including free general admission seats on Friday and Saturday of NASCAR’s Auto Club 400  Weekend – March 24-26, 2017, at Auto Club Speedway.  Not only will Lefty’s Kids Club members attend NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway to watch world-class racing, but they’ll also experience fun filled Kids Club activities in Lefty’s Fun Zone. This children’s area offers everything from hands on educational programs, to photo opportunities, to kid-favorite foods and many more activities.  For more information, visit or call 800-944-RACE (7223).

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