Darlington students race to read

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – Darlington School District students have been reading lots of book to celebrate 'Reading Month.'

Elementary students in the Darlington County School District read more than 10,500 books in three weeks, as part of Darlington Raceway's "Race Into Reading" Program.

Designed as a way to celebrate "March is Reading Month" and to get children excited about reading, the "Race Into Reading" Program challenged first through fifth graders across the county to read as many books as possible.

The Race Into Reading Program kicked off on March 10 and ran through March 28.

As part of the program, all Darlington County School District early childhood and elementary students received a Darlington Raceway bookmark, a Darlington Raceway magnet and a youth admission ticket to the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday, April 11.

The winning classroom visited Darlington Raceway on Thursday, April 10, and met NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Dakoda Armstrong and Dylan Kwasnieswki. They also toured the track, made duck houses at the Chevy display, and watched the cars warm up and practice for the following day's Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 race.

The Reading Program is just one of many the track has created over the years as part of its youth initiatives.