Isaac Litton Middle School News
Motorsports Institute Read to Race Kick-Off
On Friday, January 23, 2009 at 9:30 a.m., MSI held an in-school assembly at Isaac Litton Middle School, launching the sophomore year of the Read tor Race program. As students began to assemble in the gymnasium they were greeted by a NASCAR stock car and representatives from the Nashville Super Speedway.
The assembly opened with introductions by the Assistant School Principal, Ms. Michelle Hendricks Representatives of the MSI Read to Race program initiative included Jeff Diamond, CEO, Ingram Group and Esther Bailey-Bass, Corporate Support Representative for Nashville Public Radio. Invited guests included Daniel Lawson, Corporate Account Executive with the Nashville Super Speedway.
Sandra Lawrence, Literacy Coach and Amanda Tucker, Library Media Specialist asked Daniel Lawson to begin the program with the reading of a poem about sportsmanship to get the students excited. Ms. Lawrence and Ms. Tucker introduced their reading initiative for the MSI Read to Race program — detailing the requirements of the program and how it would be conducted.
The “Reading Circuit” is divided into two stages or “races”: Race 1 is 600 laps and began January 23 and goes through March 6th; Race 2 is 500 laps and begins March 9th and goes through April 17. All students are qualified to participate. Attached are the specific details about the “Reading Circuit” and proposed rewards for completion of the reading initiative.
The MSI Read to Race launch concluded with a Q&A with Daniel Lawson from the Nashville Super Speedway. Interestingly enough, students knew more about racing than you might expect and began to show a high level of enthusiasm. Daniel was fantastic in his delivery and engagement of the students.
As the students filed out of the gymnasium they were again greeted with a NASCAR stock car where they posed for photos and Daniel answered more questions. A few students even sat behind the wheel for a photo op.
It is our hope that all participating students will receive a special token for simply participating and those who complete the Litton 600 and/or Litton 500 will be rewarded with a special activity sponsored by the Motorsports Institute.
Students walked away with a strong incentive to read and an invitation to attend a race at the Nashville Super Speedway, April 11 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race and Easter Egg Hunt.
Our goal is to continue working with Isaac Litton Middle School to develop a science program around racing. We have an invitation with the lead science teacher, Joshua Cooper to begin outlining the Science of Racing initiative.