Kentucky Speedway launched its RPM Reading Program today at Gallatin Co. Middle School in Kentucky.

The program is in its third year and motivates students to complete a curriculum designed by educators.

Speedway mascot "Horsepower" helps energize reading efforts by furnishing individual RPMs (Reading Program Manuals) to help students track books they read throughout the school year. Other program materials include a classroom "Winner's Circle" poster, color-in bookmarks and personalized cutout racecars that display readers' names.

Once enrolled, teachers work with students to set a reading goal from a list of available, approved texts. When students complete a work, they enter the title in their RPM and complete a short test related to the subject matter.

Students receive their bookmark when they cross the midway point to their goal and will have a racecar bearing their name posted on the classroom "Winner's Circle" poster upon reaching their goal. Schools also will receive surprise visits from Horsepower throughout the program.

Readers' ultimate reward is an end-of-the-year field trip to Kentucky Speedway. Students will pack a lunch, tour the speedway and be treated to several laps around the racetrack in their school busses or vans.

The program is available to schools in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Interested educators can contact Kentucky Speedway Director of Human Resources Debby Shipp () or Communications Assistant Ashley Brennaman-Shirley () at 859-647-4309 for more information.

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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