June 1, 2016 – Students at Hort Elementary School were thrilled to receive a visit from NASCAR race car drivers with actual race cars to their campus.
“We are trying to encourage reading with all our kids. We have several literacy events during the year and this is the biggest event,” said Erin George, Academic Program Leader.
The “Driven to Read” event was organized in partnership with Kern County Raceway. School officials encouraged the students to read and those who completed their reading tasks were able to attend the event, take photos with race cars, and receive autographs from NASCAR race car drivers such as Buddy Shepherd, Derek Thorn, and Chris Dalton.
“Reading is the most important think we can do with our kids,” said Hort Principal Steve Robinson. “Our school motto is ‘The School of Readers’ and the kids that are successful are the ones that read a lot.”
The school holds similar events throughout the year where they invite different groups from the community to encourage students to read. These include the Bakersfield Condors, CSUB Cheerleaders, the US Army and Navy, Bakersfield Police Department, and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Their representatives will read with the kids, and the students are excited to read along with them.