Williamson, NY - Veteran NASCAR modified driver, Jan Leaty, of Williamson, NY, and the rest of the newly formed Schum-Branich Motorsports team are busy preparing for the 2001 modified racing season. In addition to their anticipated on-track...
Williamson, NY - Veteran NASCAR modified driver, Jan Leaty, of Williamson, NY, and the rest of the newly formed Schum-Branich Motorsports team are busy preparing for the 2001 modified racing season. In addition to their anticipated on-track activities, the team will join Williamson-based Branich Motorsports to promote their "Racing for Kids" program this year.
Schum-Branich Motorsports is pleased to announce that Horning Construction Co., Inc., Rochester, New York, will sponsor the "Racing for Kids" program in 2001. Horning Construction Co. is a commercial general contractor specializing in medical- and hospital-type renovations. They also have expertise in the industrial and institutional fields as well. Horning oversaw the construction of the "The Commons," the commercial development in Williamson containing the Branich/Schum-Branich Motorsports facility.
As part of the program, Schum-Branich and Horning will also team up to support children's charities. Dependent upon how the team finishes in each race in the NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series this year, Horning Construction will donate money, on behalf of Leaty and Schum-Branich Motorsports, to support worthy children's programs and initiatives.
"Racing for Kids" was started by Branich Motorsports in 1998. The program was designed to use the sport of automobile racing, one of the top spectator sports in the United States today, as an aid for teaching. Team members and elementary school teachers jointly develop a custom curriculum using some aspect of racing to teach a variety of grade-appropriate topics. The team visits each school, and the racecars, hauler, and support equipment and safety gear are displayed and used to present a particular topic. Generally, the children attend a didactic session, and then they have a chance to look at the car up close, ask questions and talk to team members. They are able to walk through the trailer, and at the end of the tour they are provided pictures for coloring and team autograph cards signed by the driver. In 2000, the Branich Motorsports team visited the French Road Elementary School in Brighton, NY, St. Michael's School in Newark, NY, and the Florentine Hendrick Elementary School in Wolcott, NY, with presentations to over 450 children. The Schum-Branich team will now be part of the 2001 visits, and the teams and teachers have already planned the return visits to these schools this year. Additional programs are planned for the Pirate's Cove Pre-K program in North Rose, NY, as well as for classes in the Sodas (NY) and Williamson (NY) Elementary Schools. New this year, some of the schools are arranging field trips to the teams' new motorsports facility in Williamson. The team visits are always enthusiastically received by the kids and teachers alike, and are equally rewarding and enjoyable for team members. To date, "Racing for Kids" has been used to teach pattern recognition for kindergartners, aspects of teamwork and safety to second graders, and the science of simple machines and advertising to fifth graders.