EP Rayzor Defends Speeding to Read Title

EP Rayzor Defends Speeding to Read Title

by Susan Neuhalfen

Two-time defending champion E.P. Rayzor Elementary School was perfect in Turn 1 of Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read competition among 10 Dallas-Fort Worth schools. This will mark the third year that E.P. Rayzor has participated in the Speeding to Read competition and it makes it all the more important since they have a title to defend.

So far in the contest, every kindergarten through fifth-grader in Lantana’s E.P. Rayzor Elementary’s student body has either met or exceeded the pre-set program reading goals.

Teams are scored by individual as well as overall classroom readers. Second-grader Alysson Delloro was the leading K-2 individual reader with 1,182 books read while third-grader Peyton Small led 3-5 with 108 books read. Michelle Watson’s kindergarten class was tops in K-2 with 5,982 books read.

“Turns” are defined by quarters in the school year and TMS awards trophies recognize each turn by both the individuals and the classrooms.

Speeding To Read is an incentive-based, NASCAR and INDYCAR-themed reading program that encourages elementary school students to read more frequently during the school year. Since Speeding To Read began in 2011-12 with one pilot school, 33 schools and nearly 19,000 students have participated and combined to read more than three million books in the program’s five-year existence heading into the 2016-17 competition.
As for the DFW area schools participating this year, half of them participating exceeded 80 percent of the program Turn 1 goals. So far, the 10 schools and 5,000 students have combined to read 139,617 books in the scoring period.

Last Year, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Christopher Bell presented the winning trophies to E.P. Rayzor Elementary. Over 6,500 students and faculty from 11 DFW-area elementary schools gathered at Texas Motor Speedway to celebrate their victories and, for E.P. Rayzor, its second consecutive championship. 100% of the student body at E.P. Rayzor Elementary participated and reached, or exceeded, its goals.

Rayzor’s Karina Singh, the kindergarten champion, won the K-2 individual crown with 15,016 books read while Noah Temer, the fourth-grade champ, earned the 3-5 crown with 1,760 books read. The duo’s siblings were also grade champions with Olivia Temer being named the first-grade champion with 12,310 books read and Jayden Singh the second-grade champ with 5,034 books read.

Melanie Peterson’s kindergarten class at Rayzor was named the K-2 classroom champs with an average of 2,614 books read per student during the competition.
Speeding to Read is currently in its 6th year.

For more information on Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read, please visit www.speedingtoread.com.


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