WGI and Watkins Glen Elementary Drop the Green Flag on Read for Speed Program

Max Traxx Joins School Principal Rodney Weeden for Kick-Off Assembly

Read for Speed

The students of Watkins Glen Elementary got revved up for this year's Read for Speed program during an assembly that included mascot Max Traxx.


WATKINS GLEN, NYWatkins Glen Elementary (WGE) School students are ready to Read For Speed following the kick-off assembly that was held in the main auditorium at Watkins Glen High School Friday morning.  Watkins Glen International mascot Max Traxx participated in the student reading assembly held to excite students about their participation in Read for Speed throughout the school year.

The program has been a key part of the legendary road course’s community involvement since 2005. It is paired with the school’s Accelerated Reader Program which permits students and parents to track their progress throughout the school year. Read for Speed starts for the second through fourth graders of WGE today and will continue until May 18 when student and teacher winners will be acknowledged for their school-year long accomplishments. The second phase of the program which involves the pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade students is set to begin on February 21 and also end on May 18.

“I want to first thank Watkins Glen International for supporting what will be the eighth edition of our highly successful Read for Speed program,” said Rodney Weeden, principal of Watkins Glen Elementary School.  “Our school goal is to have the students read 10,000 books by the end of the program and I think they’re all up to the challenge.  The overall hope is that we can help our students develop a love of reading that will not only benefit them now but also continue into adulthood.”

The Glen will support the program as students reach milestones throughout the school year. Max Traxx is expected to make a few more visits to the school accompanying Principal Weeden to classrooms throughout Watkins Glen Elementary, distributing prizes to students who are the fastest readers.  The grand prize to the “fastest” readers at the end of the school year will be four tickets to either the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, June 29 – July 1, or the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen, August 9 – 12, weekends.  The program also welcomes back corporate sponsors Friendly’s at the Arnot Mall in Big Flats, NY, Johnny’s Bowling Lanes in Watkins Glen, NY, and McDonald’s to support the program with various gift certificates that will be presented throughout the year.

All students participating in this year’s installment of Read for Speed will also have the opportunity to design a bookmark. Two winners will be selected from the entrants, one acknowledged for the best design and an additional random winner will each receive gift certificates to The Shop.  The design winner will then have their artwork used for a bookmark that will be distributed to the entire school.

Read for Speed will feature a “Pit Stop” in April when Watkins Glen International will host an event for all of the elementary school students. Max Traxx will most certainly be there as will the Official Pace Car of Watkins Glen International and members of the WGI staff.

 Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International go on sale December 5. Fans can learn more about the upcoming race season by calling the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.  Gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.  The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and close on Sunday.  Keep up with the latest happenings at The Glen by visiting the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational, and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.

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