Richmond Int'l Raceway to help local schools

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MONTHLY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS Richmond, VA (February 20, 2008)--Recognizing the needs of local public school classrooms in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan ...

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MONTHLY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Richmond, VA (February 20, 2008)--Recognizing the needs of local public school classrooms in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area, Richmond International Raceway officials announced today that they will be making a monthly donation to a different classroom in need in its community. Working through DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website that connects classrooms in need with individuals and companies who want to make a difference through financial assistance, Richmond International Raceway will fund various classroom projects throughout the school year.

In December 2007, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine announced Virginia's participation in DonorsChoose.org, a website that links teachers' class project wish lists with citizen philanthropists. Nearly 300 state teachers' projects had been added to the site before the expansion to Virginia was officially named.

Richmond International Raceway begins its campaign to further enhance local public school classrooms by funding the "Building Vocabulary That Lasts a Lifetime" project at Glen Lea Elementary School in Henrico County. The project will benefit a third-grade classroom of students who have demonstrated a desire to increase their vocabulary. Each student will be provided with their own personal vocabulary tool kit to further develop their vocabularies. (Photo attached: Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz [left] presents Glen Lea Elementary School third-grade teacher Mrs. Green with supplies to benefit the children in her classroom.)

"We are so excited to team up with DonorsChoose.org to assist local public school classrooms in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area," said track president Doug Fritz. "For many years we have provided financial and personal aide to various schools throughout Henrico County, our neighboring counties and the City of Richmond. With our pledge to contribute to classroom projects on a monthly basis, we look forward to helping teachers and their students in need, right here in our community."

DonorsChoose.org was pioneered by teachers at a Bronx, New York public high school in 2000. Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, recognized the scarcity of learning materials in public school classrooms and the profound impact of this shortage on education. Looking for a way to solve this problem, Best sensed an untapped potential in people who were frustrated with their lack of influence over the use of their charitable donations. DonorsChoose.org, a website connecting classrooms in need with individuals who want to help, was born.

DonorsChoose.org is dedicated to addressing the lack of learning materials and experiences in our public schools. All donors are able to select the specific projects that they feel will have the biggest impact. Each project proposal is screened by DonorsChoose.org.

Richmond International Raceway's 2008 season is just around the corner. The May 2-3 NASCAR doubleheader features two days of action with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. The Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled to run "under the lights" on Saturday, May 3. Tickets start at $80 and are available by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com. The weekend begins on Friday, May 2, with practice and pole qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Wawa Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, followed by the NASCAR Nationwide Series 250 race "under the lights." Advance tickets for Friday are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission). Tickets on race day are $50 (reserved) and $40 (general admission). Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission seating with a ticketed adult on Friday. For more information, please log on to www.rir.com or call the ticket office at 866-455-7223.

-credit: rir

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