Fontana II: Reutimann to run special paint scheme

David Reutimann to race Toys for Tots Literacy Program Car The UPS Store To Raise Awareness For Children's Literacy With Special Paint Scheme FONTANTA, Calif., (August 29, 2008) -- The 2008 Toys for Tots Literacy Program will shift into ...

David Reutimann to race Toys for Tots Literacy Program Car

The UPS Store To Raise Awareness For Children's Literacy With Special Paint Scheme

FONTANTA, Calif., (August 29, 2008) -- The 2008 Toys for Tots Literacy Program will shift into high gear on Sunday, August 31, when NASCAR driver David Reutimann races The UPS Store/Toys for Tots Literacy Program car at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California.

The special paint scheme is intended to create awareness of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a year-round initiative of The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and The UPS Store franchise network. The program, which kicked off earlier this year, offers the nation's most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and educational resources that will enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively.

Throughout the year, participating The UPS Store locations are collecting monies for the program. Every dollar donated will put a book into the hands of an economically disadvantaged child in that community. In 2008, the campaign has already raised more than a quarter of a million dollars -- that's more than a quarter of a million books.

"I'm proud to have the opportunity to support the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. I know a dollar doesn't seem like much, but every dollar raised will put a book into the hands of a child in need," said Reutimann. "I hope we can bring awareness to the issue of children's literacy and encourage families everywhere to use the Toys for Tots Literacy Program as an opportunity to teach children the importance of reading and hopefully impact the lives of children everywhere."

After the race, Reutimann's autographed helmet will be auctioned off on http://auctions.nascar.com with 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction going to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. The auction, which will go live August 29, will run through Monday, September 8, 2008.

According to America's Promise Alliance, every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school in America. That adds up to more than 1.1 million students per year.

"With a record number of children not completing high school, the need for a program like this is greater than ever," said LtGen. Pete Osman, USMC (ret), president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. "We hope we will not only help children learn to read, but also instill a lifelong passion for learning."

For more information on the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, please visit www.ToysforTotsLiteracy.org.

-credit: mwr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers David Reutimann