TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Reading skills shift into high gear for Seneca Valley's Haine Elementary students

Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal - Shane Downing, the parent of two Haine Elementary students, who owns the company “Ready … Set … Race” set up the racing equipment for free to help inspire the students to read.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal</em></div>Shane Downing, the parent of two Haine Elementary students, who owns the company “Ready … Set … Race” set up the racing equipment for free to help inspire the students to read.
Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal - Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal</em></div>Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.
Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal - Shane Downing, the parent of two Haine Elementary students, who owns the company “Ready … Set … Race” set up the racing equipment for free to help inspire the students to read.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal</em></div>Shane Downing, the parent of two Haine Elementary students, who owns the company “Ready … Set … Race” set up the racing equipment for free to help inspire the students to read.
Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal - Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal</em></div>Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.
Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal - Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal</em></div>Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.
Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal - Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Louis Raggiunti | Cranberry Journal</em></div>Haine Elementary students got the opportunity to race model cars thanks to their reading efforts.

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Matt Defusco
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
 

Each year, Haine Elementary School in Cranberry comes up with a way to get students excited about reading.

This year, the Seneca Valley students were asked to record how much they normally read. If they exceeded that amount, their classroom would get an opportunity to race remote-controlled cars against their peers as part of “Race into Reading” program.

“They got really into it,” Principal Michelle Ellis said. “They were just excited to try something new and cheer each other on.”

The gigantic racetrack was set up and used free of charge thanks to Shane Downing, the parent of two Haine Elementary students, who owns the company “Ready … Set … Race” and runs it out of his home.

When he saw his son, Josh, a fourth-grader, bring home a racing book covered with race cars and colored with checkered flags, Downing saw an opportunity to put things into high gear for the students.

It was almost like they were in Disney World, he said. “It was a good experience; I had a lot of fun.”

The racetrack, which took about three hours to set up, is typically used for corporate events, birthday parties and proms.

For Ellis, the point was more than just getting the children to read more.

Reading is a lifelong skill that flows into all the other subjects that children learn, Ellis said.

“The whole goal is to inspire the love of reading,” she said, explaining that reading more is good but the school wants to teach the children that it is “something that is just going to enrich their lives.”

Matt DeFusco is a reporter for Trib Total Media.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Cranberry

  1. Extended-stay hotel sets sights on Cranberry
  2. Seneca Valley grad earns Merit scholarship
  3. Camp Invention at Evans City Middle School boosts children’s problem-solving skills
  4. New middle school principal no stranger to Seneca Valley
  5. Cranberry's Miracle League field upgrades to include inclusive play area