Lefty’s Reading Challenge Starts January 15, 2018
FONTANA, Calif. – Jan. 11, 2018 – Lefty Turner, the Official Mascot of Auto Club Speedway and Lefty’s Kids Club, will make pit stops at over 20 elementary schools to kick-off the annual Lefty’s Reading Challenge, a free literacy program through Auto Club Speedway.
Staff members from Auto Club Speedway and Lefty will participate in school assemblies to educate the students and faculty about the reading program, how it benefits the schools and to boost literacy levels.
School visits include Oswalt Academy in Walnut; Mango Elementary in Fontana; Hughbanks Elementary in Rialto; Canyon Crest Elementary in Riverside; Cabazon Elementary in Cabazon; Jefferson Elementary in Corona; Cottonwood Canyon Elementary in Lake Elsinore; and Hermosa Elementary in Alta Loma.
“Over the past seven years, Lefty’s Reading Challenge has reached nearly a half a million students,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “Visiting the schools and meeting the students reminds us that we are making a positive impact in hundreds of schools through this creative and rewarding reading program.”
A total of 220 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties are participating in the annual Lefty’s Reading Challenge. The month-long reading challenge will take place from January 15 through February 9, 2018 where students read to win money for their libraries, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets.
Local community partners are also rewarding students that complete 20 books or reading assignments within four weeks. Omnitrans is offering a Youth Free Ride Coupon and Petersen Automotive Museum is offering two complimentary Youth or Student Admissions for each paid Adult Admission. In addition, Carl’s Jr and King Taco are supporting the reading program and Lefty’s Kids Club.
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.