Chad Little Rewards Students At Charlotte Area School

Little Rewards Students of Charlotte Area School CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 20, 1999) * Chad Little and the No. 97 John Deere show car made a special appearance to Sonrise Christian School today to reward the students for their efforts in the...

Little Rewards Students of Charlotte Area School

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 20, 1999) * Chad Little and the No. 97 John Deere show car made a special appearance to Sonrise Christian School today to reward the students for their efforts in the General Mills Box Tops for Education program. Little, a resident of Charlotte, N.C., took a few hours to chat with the students, answer questions and sign a few autographs. As Little prepares for this weekend's running of The Winston at nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway, he spoke of the importance of teamwork and a good education. The Sonrise student body, which includes grades kindergarten through sixth, listened intently as Little answered their questions on topics such as his driving background, favorite track, and even his favorite food. "The teamwork that is involved in racing is a lot like the teamwork everybody went through collecting the Box Tops," said Little, a graduate from Gonzaga School of Law in Spokane, Wash. "Everyone pitched in to make this school a winner, just like my crew members do on the John Deere team. It takes a full commitment from everyone to achieve success." Little showed the students one of his actual race cars driven earlier in the year, and gave them insight on its performance. Little also allowed the students a chance to sit in the cockpit of the car, and to get a unique viewpoint that fans rarely experience. "A good education is important because, in racing, we not only learn from our mistakes, but need to formulate ideas on how to improve parts and processes to stay ahead of our competitors." Charlotte is one of five regions where a Roush Racing Winston Cup driver will make an appearance to the school that collects the most General Mills product Box Tops per student. Each Box Top is valued at $0.10 and schools can earn up to $10,000 each year. Sonrise Christian School students collected over 25 General Mills Box Tops for Education per student. "This is a great fundraiser," said Sharon Woodell, Principal at Sonrise. "It's an easy way for schools to raise money, and the money our students earned will go towards needed school supplies." The success of the Box Tops for Education program can be illustrated by the participation of schools across the country. During the 1997-98 school year, over 40,000 schools submitted Box Tops that were redeemed for more than $8 million by General Mills. Through the program, schools can turn in Box Tops from General Mills products such as Cheerios, Wheaties, Chex, Trix, Kix, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, as well as General Mills snacks such as Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit String Thing, and Yoplait yogurt multi-packs.

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Series NASCAR Cup
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