Students cross finish line in reading competition

Journal photo by Ben Carpenter - Wesley McCray sits in his Bandolero race car during a reading promotion at Columbus Elementary School.

COLUMBUS — Lake Erie Speedway’s 10th annual Race to Read program continued Friday at Columbus Elementary School, where students got a chance to learn about race cars and their safety and also got to see one of their classmates in his own racing machine.

Wesley McCray is a sixth-grader at Columbus Elementary and is currently in his third year of racing in the Bandolero series at Lake Erie Speedway, a race track off of Route 89 in Greenfield Township. As part of the program, McCray and his fellow students were encouraged to read 15 minutes a day from March 26 to May 7. Participating students also received six tickets to the speedway’s Race to Read night on June 2.

McCray was joined by his father, Eric, who also races at Lake Erie Speedway, and Jason Scanlon, who is the facilities and special events manager at the speedway. The trio gave a demonstration to students about race car safety, and Scanlon reiterated the importance of reading to race car drivers by talking about the rule book. They also brought in several props to help illustrate their points, including safety suits, helmets, a steering wheel, flags and a seat belt.

See Saturday, May 19, 2012 issue of The Journal for complete story.

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