MIAMI- Homestead-Miami Speedway is continuing its commitment of inspiring students in the classroom through creative writing. The Speedway and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network of the Jason Taylor Foundation recently kicked off the third annual “Write Track Poetry” competition with poetry pep rallies at nine Miami-Dade County middle schools.
More than 2,000 students participated in the pep rallies, which provided students with an entertaining avenue to get excited about creative writing and poetry with an emphasis on NASCAR. Students were shown videos from alumni of the program, and were also treated to spoken-word performances from members of the bluapple Poetry Network.
The following schools hosted Write Track Poetry assemblies:
- Leisure City K-8 Center
- Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts
- Frank Crawford Martin K-8 Center
- Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center
- Homestead Middle School
- West Homestead K-8 Center
- Richmond Heights Middle School
- Vineland K-8 Center
- Bowman Ashe/Doolin K-8 Academy
The pep rallies marked the beginning of the Write Track Poetry program, which motivates students to put pen to paper and compose poems. This year, students from participating Miami-Dade middle schools will submit poems based on the topic, What does winning look like?
The students have been artistically crafting their best poems, which will be collected by the Speedway later this month as the championship track picks out the top pieces overall. As part of this year’s competition, the top three poetry pieces in each grade (6-8) from each of the schools will be awarded two tickets to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 18, 2018. In addition, the top student overall will have their piece professionally filmed.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway, which was founded by Miami businessman, racing enthusiast and philanthropist Ralph Sanchez, is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2017, NASCAR crowned champions in all three of its national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend for the 16th consecutive year (2002-17). Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2017 were Martin Truex Jr. (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series), William Byron (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Christopher Bell (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2018 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 16-18.
About the Jason Taylor Foundation
In July 2004, Miami Dolphins legendary Defensive End and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation’s mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life.
Since opening its doors, the Jason Taylor Foundation has impacted tens of thousands of children through innovative programming including The Jason Taylor Reading Room, Cool Gear for the School Year, the Jason Taylor Children’s Learning Center, Jason Taylor Scholars and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, among others. For more information on the Jason Taylor Foundation, please visit www.JasonTaylorFoundation.org or follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jasontaylorfoundation or Twitter and Instagram: @jtfoundation99 or @bluapplepoetry.
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