Texas: SS-Green Light Racing drivers meet students

SS-Green Light Racing Drivers Meet "Racing to Read" Students in Texas SS Green Light Racing Drivers Ryan Lawler and Jason White meet with Top Two Performers in Racing to Read Program Over 40 students from Devine (TX) Intermediate School were ...

SS-Green Light Racing Drivers Meet "Racing to Read" Students in Texas
SS Green Light Racing Drivers Ryan Lawler and Jason White meet with Top Two Performers in Racing to Read Program

Over 40 students from Devine (TX) Intermediate School were rewarded for positive participation in "Racing to Read" a program that incentivizes 5th grade students to engage in reading throughout the school year using a motorsports theme. Students are given preset reading goals according to their reading abilities. As they reach their goal they are rewarded each week with racing memorabilia prizes.

At the end of the school year the students take an exciting trip to Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and INDY car races. This year prior to the race, students toured the NASCAR Truck Series garage area and stopped at the SS-Green Light Racing haulers for a meet and greet with team drivers Jason White (#08 GunBroker.com Dodge) and Ryan Lawler (#07 Manheim's Auto Dealers Auction Chevy).

The students took photos and received autographs from the drivers. The Racing to Read program was the idea and the action of teacher Kathy Hennessey. She founded the program on combining her two passions, racing and teaching. This was Hennessey's 9th trip to Texas Motor Speedway for the program.

"The trip to the race is for all the hard work and dedication the students make in reading throughout the year," said Hennessey. "The program is a lot of fun for the students, but it works too. Over the years there has been great success with "Racing to Read" incentives. I have success stories from students, parents, and my co-workers."

"Just seeing the kids in class reading and competing with each other to out-score their classmate in reading points each week is awesome," added Hennessey.

Shawn Stewart, PR/Marketing Manager for SS-Green Light Racing helped organize the meet & greet. And although he knew it would be fun for the students to meet the race car drivers, Stewart also knows that motorsports can be used as a great tool for inspiring education.

"Motorsports on the surface can seem like cars just going around the track with only a mechanic and driver, but there is so much more to the overall sport," said Stewart. "Today's racing demands a highly skilled workforce in the areas of Math, Science, Engineering and Writing and English."

"Motorsports is a great tool to excite students to learn," added Stewart. "When I was in middle school I was interested in racing as a young fan, but I never would have related reading, writing and English skills to racing. I commend Mrs. Hennessy for creating the program and hope the students were able to gain a little insight into the many careers that exist behind the scenes in motorsports. I also hope they had a ton of fun!"

-credit: ssglr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jason White , Ryan Lawler