St. Louis: Tom Hammonds visits local school

Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement PROGRAM Partners with bartelso elementary (HOLT, Fla., Apr. 30, 2008) --Tom Hammonds, NHRA Pro Stock Car driver/owner and retired NBA player, will take his national school program, Tom Hammonds Race for ...

Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement PROGRAM Partners with bartelso elementary

(HOLT, Fla., Apr. 30, 2008) --Tom Hammonds, NHRA Pro Stock Car driver/owner and retired NBA player, will take his national school program, Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement, to Bartelso Elementary School in Bartelso, Ill., on Thursday, May 1, at 9:00 a.m. CST in conjunction with the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals.

"I am looking forward to speaking to the students at Bartelso Elementary on Thursday," says Hammonds. "It is always good to be fired-up about education, and I know, as a result of the students' state performance record, Bartelso Elementary is fired-up about achievement."

Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement allows Hammonds to interact with students through message. The Bartelso Elementary School students will participate in an assembly where he will speak about the importance of education, sportsmanship, and leadership.

During the assembly, Hammonds and Bartelso Elementary School will be presented with a proclamation declaring it "Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement Day" in the city of Bartelso, Ill. Fifty students meeting set criteria will be chosen to receive two tickets to Friday's O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals race at the Gateway International Raceway.

One student of the 50 students will be chosen to serve as an honorary crew member at the race. Per the teachers' and administration's recommendation, these 50 students' participation is based on maintaining a "B" average, good behavior, and no suspensions and/or unexcused absences.

Through the diligence of Carl Huels, owner of Carl's 4-Wheel Drive and Performance Center, and enthusiasm of Dr. Karen K. Zellmer, superintendent of Bartelso School District, the national the program will to partner with Bartelso Elementary School. Bartelso Elementary has 165 students in grades K-8. The classroom grades promote the latest educational trends such as problem solving techniques, engaged learning, and 'hands on' activities for its students. The school is equipped with an excellent technology lab that incorporates objectives and goals that are also implemented within each grade level.

Bartelso Elementary School is the second school to participate in the national program, with five schools to follow in the race markets of Topeka, Kan., Bristol, Tenn., Dallas, Memphis, Tenn., and Indianapolis.

-credit: thr

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