Drivers help new New Jersey schools race and read

ARCA Re Max drivers Jason Jarrett and Andy Belmont have announced their support of a local New Jersey school reading program. Plumbsted Township New Jersey, home of New Egypt Speedway has integrated its love if racing with a reading incentive ...

ARCA Re Max drivers Jason Jarrett and Andy Belmont have announced their support of a local New Jersey school reading program.

Plumbsted Township New Jersey, home of New Egypt Speedway has integrated its love if racing with a reading incentive program with in the local school district.

This week, New Egypt Elementary school will kickoff its Read Across America program by debuting its New Egypt 500 reading celebration.

"As soon as I heard about Read across America, I wanted to know more. I'm always interested in programs that help children", notes Jarrett, son of Winston Cup Champion Dale Jarrett. He has competed in the ARCA series for two seasons earning Rookie of The Year honors, and a second place in the points standings in 2001, and finishing third in 2002.

Read across America started in 1997, as a celebration of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr Seuss.

Last year, National Education Association estimates that almost 40 million children and adults celebrated Dr. Seuss and the joy of reading last March. This year they hope to build an even bigger, better and bolder celebration

"Students across the Nation celebrate by reading on March second. We decided to continue the program throughout the school year", notes Jean Morgan, Elementary school principal.

The New Egypt Elementary School will have each of the grade levels (k-6); attempt to meet the goal of reading 500 books. As the books are read each class will be represented by a class racecar that will make laps around the bulletin board New Egypt Speedway.

During the program, which runs from February to June, incentives for students will include Racing Memorabilia, and visits from Jarrett and Belmont.

Team Verizon is one hundred percent behind this. Said Belmont. Belmont a native of Penndal, PA has been in the race business for twenty-eight years having competed on a National level in both Winston Cup and the Busch Grand National Series. Belmont now competes in the ARCA Re max series where he has finished in the top five drivers points for the past five consecutive seasons.

Both drivers support a variety of causes.

Belmont's commitments to community efforts include the sale of various team memorabilia to benefit Focus Motorsport Ministries (FMM) through www.AndyBelmont.com.

Jarrett is actively involved in "Pennies For Points" as part of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, (on behalf of six year old Colton Meyers), and Xtreme Teen Driving School in Atlanta GA. A program to help teenagers learn how to drive safely and educate them regarding associated responsibilities. He is also involved in raising funds or FMM.

Both agree that the National reading program is important in developing a child's love of reading.

With the Speedway being such a fundamental landmark for the town of New Egypt, the combination or reading and racing is a perfect fit for the growing school district.

-thomas chemris

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Series ARCA
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Andy Belmont , Jason Jarrett