Race to Read

Award-Winning "Race to Read"® Program Provides a Fun, Race-Themed Incentive for Elementary-Age Students

For the past 17 years, Bandimere Speedway has been conducting a reading program in local elementary schools. Started during the '95-96 school year, at Rooney Ranch Elementary School in Lakewood, Colorado, the program continues to thrive, now at 66 schools in 2013. The support from racers and businesses through a variety of innovative ways have helped the program in its growth while further stating Bandimere Speedway’s commitment to the community, young people, education, and families.

Click here for the 2015 "Race to Read" Enrollment Information and Form

What is "Race to Read"®?

 "Race to Read"®, is a six-week reading program, designed to encourage literacy by providing an exciting race-themed incentive for elementary-age students. The program can also be customized by schools to fit most any special education requirement for K-6 students.
"Race to Read"® typically starts the last week in March, runs for six weeks, and concludes two weeks prior to the speedway’s season-opening event, the NAPA Auto Parts "Night of Fire & Thunder", scheduled for Saturday, May 17th. In 2014, the dates for the program are March 24 through May 2. Prizes are awarded when students complete Take Home Reading sheets provided by the program. Complimentary tickets for the reader and one accompanying adult to the event are offered as prize incentives during the reading program.
"Race to Read"® has its roots at Jefferson County’s Rooney Ranch Elementary School in Lakewood, Colorado, where it helped kick-off the school’s inaugural year in 1995/1996. The response by the school community was tremendous and prompted many contacts from other schools interested in establishing the program for their students. In 1997, the program was expanded to eight schools with the same positive response. The 2013 program with 66 participating schools included nearly 33,000 students.

I want my kids to participate in "Race to Read"®. What do I need to do?

Simply call or email Tami Shrader, "Race to Read"® Coordinator, at 303-697-6013 ext. 104 or email tami@bandimere.com to get on the list for interested schools. You can either call as a parent interested in taking information to your kids’ school or you can have a school staff member call. When calling for information, please be prepared with the following information: name of school, address, phone number, name of librarian or interested faculty member, and approximately how many students attend the school. Sign-up packets are mailed out the first week in February. Cost for the program is $200 per school per year. Currently, the program is only available to schools in Colorado.

What materials are provided to schools participating in "Race to Read"®?

Participating schools are provided with race decor and a program instruction folder.  "Race to Read"® banners are included along with a variety of race-themed decorations (race photos, posters, flags, folders, etc.). Included in the program folder are detailed instructions on how to run the program including pre-printed fax/email transmittal sheets for important information needed by Bandimere Speedway throughout the program. Original forms are provided in this folder as well (take-home reading record sheets, "Night of Fire & Thunder" informational flier and a "Race to Read"® information sheet for parents. A list of racers willing to display their race vehicle(s) is also included so schools can contact the racers themselves and set up an exciting display at their school during the program. Also included is a list of the prizes and incentives being offered to students participating in the program.

What is required of the students participating in the "Race to Read"® program?

"Race to Read"® rewards AT HOME reading by elementary age students. After working with schools on what they felt was an additional, yet reasonable amount of reading for the average student, the "Race to Read"® program requires kindergarten through second graders to read (or be read to) in 15 minute intervals, while third grade through sixth grade students need to read in 30 minutes intervals. Each Take Home Reading Sheet allows K-2 students (primary) four hours of additional reading and 3-6 grade students (intermediate) eight hours. In order to complete the program’s requirements, primary students complete four Take Home Reading sheets or an additional 16 hours of reading and intermediate students complete an additional 32 hours of reading during the six-week program. Of course, they can continue reading past the pre-set requirements in order to secure a position as the top reader of their school and be eligible for additional prizes. Each time a student turns in a Take Home Reading Sheet, they are presented with a fun prize. The program provides these prizes through their fourth Take Home Reading Sheet, with the "Night of Fire & Thunder" tickets being the prize for turning in the third sheet. Schools are encouraged to solicit their own additional prizes for their students who turn in five or more Take Home Reading Sheets. The two top readers in each school – one from K-2 and one from 3-6 – are publically recognized during the NAPA Auto Parts "Night of Fire & Thunder" and receive some fun prizes as well in a specially prepared goodie bag available for them at the "Night of Fire & Thunder".

How can you help with this program?

Because this program strives to be self-supportive through the Bandimere Family Foundation, your tax-deductible donation is extremely helpful in providing important funds as this program continues to reach more students. Your check should be made out to the "Bandimere Family Foundation" and can be mailed "Attention: "Race to Read" to the speedway offices (3051 South Rooney Road, Morrison, CO 80465). A receipt will be mailed to you for tax purposes.
The program also benefits from your vehicle donation through carshelpingcharities.org.
Be a Display Racer! Bandimere Speedway has a list of racers on file who have indicated they are willing to display their race vehicle(s) at schools participating in the "Race to Read"® program as well as at other events throughout the city. By displaying for this program, you have an unprecedented opportunity of explaining to these young students how important it is that they learn how to enjoy reading. You can also express how vital reading is in building a race car and racing it. Be prepared to answer LOTS of questions and sign LOTS of autographs! If you want to be added to the list or to change your information on the list, call Tami at 303-697-6013 ext. 104 or email tami@bandimere.com.
Many of our racers and their families have also participated in various fundraisers we have had for the program – auctions, drawings, golf tournament, etc. Each of these events  provides important funding for "Race to Read"® and  allow the program to grow in the amount of schools and children participating each year.
There are a variety of other opportunities available for business sponsorship in this program including but not limited to, in-kind donations, monetary support, discounts, media exposure, and more. If you have a business or know someone who has a business that is interested in supporting unique programs for children, your tax-deductible donation to help support this program will be gladly accepted. As always, if you have an interesting suggestion or idea that we might consider for the program, please feel free to e-mail it to tami@bandimere.com.

 Recognition received by the "Race to Read"® program:

Jefferson County’s International Reading Association "Celebrate Literacy" Award (1995 & 1996)
Jefferson Foundation’s Crystal Globe Award for distinguished service (1999)
Jefferson County’s Good News Coalition for contribution to the community (1999)
Jefferson Economic Council's "Chaiman's Choice Award" (2001)

Current and Past supporters of "Race to Read"®:

Bandimere Speedway Racers and Families
NHRA Professional Racers, Photographers and Businesses
Daimler-Chrysler Motors Corporation (Mopar)
Daimler-Chrysler Parts Service Guild
Mr. Biggs
Jamba Juice
Colorado Rapids Soccer
Fat City
Fun City
Colorado National Speedway
Casa Bonita
Sky Venture
Team Jeg’s Racing – Quartermile Charities
AMF Bowling Centers
Kenz & Leslie Distributing
Lakeside Amusement Park
Skate City
Elitch Gardens
Beau Jo's Pizza
Abo's Pizza
Blaster Bouncer Castles
Colorado Rockies
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Club USA
Butterfly Pavilion
El Jebel Shrine Circus
Forney Transportation Museum
Phil Long Community Fund
Table Mountain Inn
Mid Air Adventures
Adventure Golf
Evergreen Lake House
For more information on supporting the "Race to Read"® program, contact: Tami Shrader, "Race to Read"® Coordinator 3051 S. Rooney Road Morrison, CO 80465 303-697-6013 ext. 104 tami@bandimere.com

Schools that have participated in "Race to Read"® to date:

Academy of Charter Schools (Denver)
Academy Charter School (Castle Rock)
Alice Terry Elementary (Englewood)
Altura Elementary (Aurora)
Arapahoe Ridge Elementary (Westminster)
Arrowwood Elementary (Highlands Ranch)
Aspen Academy (Littleton)
Bacon Elementary (Fort Collins)
Bauder Elementary (Fort Collins)
Bear Creek K-8 (Lakewood)
Beattie Elementary (Fort Collins)
Belmar Elementary (Lakewood)
Bennett Elementary (Bennett)
Bennett IB World School(Fort Collins)
Bethlehem Lutheran School (Lakewood)
Betty Adams Elementary (Westminster)
Birch Elementary (Broomfield)
Brady Exploration School (Lakewood)
Buena Vista Elementary (Colorado Springs)
Butler Elementary (Fort Lupton)
Cache La Poudre Elementary (La Porte) 
Calhan Elementary (Calhan) 
Campbell Elementary (Arvada)
Carbon Valley Charter Academy(Frederick)
Cardinal Community Academy (Keenesburg)
Centennial Elementary (Broomfield)
Charles Semper Elementary (Westminster)
Cherokee Trail Elementary(Parker)
Christ Community Church AWANA Program (Roggen)
Clayton Elementary (Englewood)
Collegiate Academy (Littleton)
Colorow Elementary (Littleton)
Columbine Hills Elementary (Littleton)
Copper Mesa Elementary (Highlands Ranch)
Cotton Creek Elementary (Westminster)
Cub Scout Pack 667(Arvada)
Deane Elementary (Lakewood)
Deer Creek Elementary (Bailey)
Dennison Elementary (Lakewood)
Devinny Elementary (Lakewood)
Dunn Elementary (Fort Collins)
Dunstan Middle School (Lakewood)
Dutch Creek Elementary (Littleton)
Eagleton Elementary (Denver) 
Edgewater Elementary (Edgewater)
Eiber Elementary (Lakewood)
Elk Creek Elementary (Pine)
Evergreen Country Day School (Golden)
Excel Academy (Arvada)
Eyestone Elementary (Wellington)
Fairmount Elementary (Golden)
Fitzmorris Elementary (Arvada)
Fletcher Miller Special School(Lakewood)
Flynn Elementary (Westminster)
Foothills Elementary (Lakewood)
Fort Logan Elementary (Englewood)
Foster Elementary (Arvada) 
Fremont Elementary (Arvada)
Front Range Christian School (Littleton)
Georgetown Elementary (Georgetown)
Gilpin County Elementary (Black Hawk)
Glennon Heights Elementary (Lakewood)
Governor's Ranch Elementary (Littleton)
Grandview Elementary (Windsor)
Grant Ranch Elementary (Littleton)
Green Gables Elementary (Lakewood)
Green Mountain Elementary (Lakewood)
Gymnastika (Lakewood)
Hackberry Hill Elementary (Arvada)
Harris Bilingual Elementary (Fort Collins)
Henderson Elementary (Henderson)
Hi-Plains Elementary (Vona) 
Hoff Elementary (Keenesburg)
Hudson Elementary (Hudson)
Hutchinson Elementary (Lakewood)
Irish Elementary (Fort Collins) 
Kendallvue Elementary (Morrison)
Kendrick Lakes Elementary (Lakewood)
Kidz Ark (Sterling)
King-Murphy Elementary (Evergreen)
Kiowa Middle School (Kiowa)
Kruse Elementary (Fort Collins)
Kullerstrand Elementary (Wheat Ridge)
Kyffin Elementary (Golden)
Lasley Elementary (Lakewood)
Laurel Elementary (Fort Collins)
Lawrence Elementary (Arvada)
Legacy Academy K-8 (Elizabeth)
Lincoln Academy Charter School (Arvada) 
Linton Elementary (Fort Collins) 
Littleton Academy (Littleton)
Littleton Preparatory Charter School (Littleton)
Lochbuie Elementary (Lochbuie)  
Loma Linda Elementary (Longmont)
Lord of Life Lutheran School (Northglenn)
Lumberg Elementary (Edgewater)
Martensen Elementary (Wheat Ridge)
McElwain Elementary (Denver) 
McGraw Elementary (Fort Collins)
Meadow Community School (Thornton)
Meadow View Elementary (Castle Rock)
Mitchell Elementary (Golden)
Molholm Elementary (Lakewood)
Monaco Elementary (Commerce City)
Montessori Peaks Academy (Littleton)
Mortensen Elementary (Littleton)
Mount Carbon Elementary (Littleton)
Mountain View Elementary (Windsor)
North Elementary (Brighton)
Northeast Elementary (Brighton)
North Mor Elementary (Northglenn)
North Star Elementary (Thornton)
Northridge Elementary (Highlands Ranch)
O'Dea Elementary (Fort Collins) 
Parmalee Elementary (Indian Hills)
Patterson International Elementary (Lakewood)
Peck Elementary (Arvada)
Peiffer Elementary (Littleton)
Pennington Elementary (Wheat Ridge)
Pikes Peak Elementary (Colorado Springs)
Platteville Elementary (Platteville)
Pleasant View Elementary (Golden)
Powderhorn Elementary (Littleton)
Prospect Valley Elementary (Wheat Ridge)
Putnam Elementary (Fort Collins)
Quest Academy (Dacono)
Ralston Elementary (Arvada)
Red Rocks Elementary (Morrison)
Remington Elementary (Colorado Springs)
Rice Elementary (Wellington)
Riffenburgh Elementary (Fort Collins)
Rooney Ranch Elementary (Lakewood)
Rose Hill Elementary (Golden)
Running Creek Elementary (Elizabeth)
Saddle Ranch Elementary (Highlands Ranch)
Sedalia Elementary (Sedalia)
Semper Elementary (Westminster)
Shaffer Elementary (Littleton)
Shelton Elementary (Golden)
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran School (Westminster)
Sheridan Green Elementary (Westminster)
Sierra Elementary (Arvada)
Silver State Christian School (Morrison)
Sinclair Middle School (Englewood)
Singing Hills Elementary (Parker)
Skyline Vista Elementary (Denver)
Skyview Elementary (Windsor)
Slater Elementary (Lakewood)
South Lakewood Elementary (Lakewood)
St. Anthony's Catholic School (Sterling)
Stein Elementary (Lakewood)
Stellar Elementary (Aurora)
Stober Elementary (Lakewood)
Stony Creek Elementary (Littleton)
Stott Elementary (Arvada)
Stratton Meadows Elementary (Colorado Springs)
Stukey Elementary (Northglenn)
Summit View Elementary (Aurora)
Swansea Elementary (Denver)
Swanson Elementary (Arvada)
Tavelli Elementary (Fort Collins)
Timnath Elementary (Timnath) 
Trailblazer Elementary (Highlands Ranch) 
Twombly Elementary (Fort Lupton) 
Ute Meadows Elementary (Littleton)
Van Arsdale Elementary (Arvada)
Vanderhoof Elementary (Arvada)
Venetucci Elementary (Colorado Springs)
Vivian Elementary (Lakewood)
Warder Elementary (Arvada)
Washington Elementary (Colorado Springs)
Wasson High School (Colorado Springs)
Westgate Elementary (Lakewood)
Westlake Middle (Broomfield)
West Jefferson Elementary (Conifer)
West Metro Christian Home Educators (Lakewood)
Westgate Elementary (Lakewood)
Westminster Hills Elementary (Westminster)
Westridge Elementary (Littleton)
Westview Elementary (Northglenn)
Wilmore-Davis Elementary (Wheat Ridge)
Windsor Charter Academy (Windsor)
Wyco Drive Elementary (Northglenn)
Yale Elementary (Aurora)
Zach Elementary (Fort Collins)
Zerger Elementary (Westminster)
Zion Lutheran School (Brighton)
Zion Lutheran School (Denver)

Final numbers for 2013: 66 total participating schools (7 new schools), 33,000 students.

"My kids are out of control!" The Boys and Girls Club have challenged Base Camp to see how many of their kids can "cross the finish line" with Car (Reading Sheet) #3. Both of these programs are after school programs that support a lot of our students. They are so awesome. Thanks so much. At our staff meeting Tuesday everyone was commenting how amazed they were at what can motivate the kids. You guys are truly making a difference in the lives of our future 'racers'. Deb Gillan, Literacy Reading Coordinator, Putnam Elementary School.

"Race to Read"® unites the world of business and education in a way that does powerful things for student literacy." Bill Rowley, former Principal, and Rooney Ranch Elementary

"Students who already love to read were rewarded during ‘Race to Read’® and others were motivated to open a book for fun and pleasure. They loved reaching the goal of going to Bandimere or being the top reader in their class." Marge Weingardt, Library Media Specialist, Wilmore-Davis Elementary

"Kids come up to you in the hall and say, ‘I’m reading! I’m reading! I’m going make it to the races this year!’ They are so excited to get such a cool reward." Lynn Burris, Kindergarten Teacher, Belmar Elementary

"Race to Read"® is a wonderful reading program! The program is easily adapted to all grades in elementary school. After bringing ‘real’ racers and cars to our school, everyone (including the teachers) got much more involved! We truly enjoyed this, especially the two teachers who were picked to actually race a car!" Laura Yeaman, Library-Media, Pleasantview Elementary

"One parent sent me a note indicating it was the best reading program she has seen. Her whole family increased their reading." Bette Stober, LMC Specialist, Mitchell Elementary

"Dear Mr. Bandimere, Thank you for sponsoring our reading program ‘Race to Read’®. I read to my little sister every night and I enjoyed reading to her. My favorite thing in the program was when I won something. Thank you for the tickets. I’ll be sure to use them. My family has never been to Bandimere Speedway. My family and I are excited." Participating third grade student

"I would like to thank you for sponsoring the ‘Race to Read"® program and offering free tickets to the ‘Night of Fire & Thunder’. We had a wonderful time . . . my son is in the third grade and has not been so excited to read. He was so excited about your program he has read more books than the last two years and he found a series he is so excited about. Thank you for sparking his love for reading now." Mother of a "Race to Read"® Participant

'’Race to Read’® happens at a good time of year when students are a little harder to motivate. It helps us as teachers to maintain high expectations for independent reading at the end of the school year." Debbra Parker, Teacher, Columbine Hills Elementary