Lefty's Reading Challenge

Students raise their hands during an assembly presented by Auto Club Speedway at Oak Park Elementary School.

Ready. Set. Read!

Auto Club Speedway made pit stops at local elementary schools to get students ready to read as part of Lefty’s Reading Challenge, a free literacy program offered in more than 200 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Students responded enthusiastically during assemblies at Oak Park Elementary School on Oct. 31 and Redwood Elementary School on Nov. 8.

Lefty's Reading Challenge is taking place from Nov. 4 to Nov. 29. Students participating in the program must complete 20 books or reading assignments during the month-long program for the chance to win money for their libraries, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets for staff, students and parents.

Earlier this year, five elementary schools in Southern California (including Shadow Hills and Hemlock in Fontana) had 100 percent classroom participation and completion rates for Lefty’s Reading Challenge. Each school received $2,000 for their school libraries from the Auto Club Speedway Foundation, which funds the program.

Lefty’s Reading Challenge, part of Auto Club Speedway’s youth initiative, Lefty’s Kids Club, provides youth with a positive and enriching outlook on life, inspiring achievement and education in an effort to build future race fans.

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