INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 23, 2001) - Instead of turning corners at high speeds, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook will be turning pages reading aloud to children of the Indianapolis-Marion County Eagle Library Monday, July 30. The ...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 23, 2001) - Instead of turning corners at high speeds, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook will be turning pages reading aloud to children of the Indianapolis-Marion County Eagle Library Monday, July 30.
The event will be a change of pace for the driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke Diesel Ford F-150 and will be one of several activities Cook, an Indianapolis resident, will participate in leading up to the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Friday, August 3.
"I'm thrilled to be a participant of Nora Children's "MEGA SIZED" Summer Reading Program," said Cook. "As a child, my grandparents would read stories to me and I remember being mesmerized. Every day I would look forward to having a story read to me. I hope that the children at Eagle Library will enjoy listening to the stories as much as I will reading them."
The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Nora Children's Program is one of the most successful reading programs in the country. Last year, 57,960 children participated in the summer reading program making it one of the largest programs of its kind. The children were awarded prize points for books read, points which could be exchanged to fund the building of a house for a needy family. A total of 440,000 points were used in exchange for labor and materials to construct 'The House That Readers Built' in downtown Indianapolis.
"What we've witnessed with 'The House That Readers Built' is the dedication of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and all of its partners to turn a dreams into reality," said Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson of last year's program.
The stories Cook will read will feature dinosaurs, herbivores, carnivores - all popular topics with young people. After the readings, Cook will relate his some of his NASCAR racing experiences to the children and explain how goals are attainable through determination and positive thinking.
"The National Commission of Reading has declared that reading aloud to children is the single most important factor in determining reading success," said Melanie Wissel Head of Programming Development for Indianapolis-Marion County Libraries. "That is why we have always involved parents or other role models in the summer reading program. It is important that children have some sort of mentoring role models to motivate them in their lives to read. And, what better group of people to do that than professional NASCAR drivers because they are individuals that kids look up to and admire. When they act as reading role models, it sends a positive signal that reading is exciting and it's the thing to do. That is why we are so pleased that Terry Cook can be a part of our summer reading program as a reading role model."
The 2001 "MEGA SIZED" reading program will continue through August 4 with participation open to all readers from preschool students to adults. For more information about Nora Children's Programs, call the library's communications department at 317-269-1732 or visit www.imcpl.org/nor_childrenprogram.html.
Cook and his No 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford will take the green flag in the Power Stroke 200 at IRP Friday, August 3. The 15th of 24 NCTS events this season will be telecast live on ESPN and broadcast by MRN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.