Winston Cup driver Elliott makes donation

May 19, 2003 - BLAIRSVILLE, GA - Students at Union County Primary school in Blairsville got a special ride today as they received a $10,000 donation from NASCAR driver Bill Elliott and celebrated reading transportation-style. The school's...

May 19, 2003 - BLAIRSVILLE, GA - Students at Union County Primary school in Blairsville got a special ride today as they received a $10,000 donation from NASCAR driver Bill Elliott and celebrated reading transportation-style.

The school's library will also receive new books as part of a $10,000 donation (100,000 Box Tops for Education coupons) given by Elliott as part of his winning the 2002 Grands!® Biscuits NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award.

At the start of the school year Elliott challenged students to meet their AR goals and promised to reward them with today's event. "I challenged the kids last year to reach the accelerated reading goals that their teachers set for them," said Bill Elliott. "I promised them I would come visit them if they did. Well, they out did themselves, and now I'm able to make my visit a little more special with this book donation. General Mills does some outstanding work in our sport and this is just an example of that work. I want to thank them for helping make this possible through the Most Popular Driver award and their Box Tops for Education program."

The school set two goals for the students to meet this school year. One was to earn a difficult 30,000 points. The other goal was for the school to have less than 10% of the students at risk in reading. The students went beyond that and earned over 37,800 points and had only 5% at risk. They have passed computerized tests on over 74,524 books this year with an average score of 91%.

In addition to getting photos taken with Elliott beside his race-car, students had an opportunity to see fire trucks, ambulances, motorcycles, farm equipment and other forms of transportation related to this year's theme.

About Grands! Biscuits Most Popular Driver Award
The Most Popular Driver Award dates back to 1956. It began as a simple poll of the drivers and grew to incorporate all NASCAR Winston Cup competitors. Later, it included all NASCAR members. Today, it's a prestigious award voted on by racing fans nationwide. For more information about Grands! Biscuits Most Popular Driver, visit www.mostpopulardriver.com

About Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is a school fundraising program run by General Mills, Inc. More than 22 million American households clip Box Tops for Education. Since the program's inception in 1996,

General Mills has given nearly $70 million to America's schools. Schools can earn up to $60,000 each school year. For more information about Box Tops for Education, visit boxtops4education.com.

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Series Charity , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott