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Cross-Country Motor Racing Event to Raise Awareness and Money for Dropout Prevention
"The Race to Win" announces a national partnership with Communities In Schools to raise awareness and money to combat the dropout epidemic plaguing our nation Austin, Texas (PRWEB) Aug, 10 2010: The Saxena Family Foundation, an Austin-based private non-profit foundation, and Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to dropout prevention, announced a partnership today to sponsor a cross-country motor racing event to raise awareness and money for empowering kids to stay in school and achieve in life.

The event, titled “The Race to Win”, will be a cross-country charity motorsports event to raise awareness and money for helping kids across the United States to succeed in school. Organization is well underway for the event which will take place in summer 2011.

Manoj Saxena, the founder of the event, says the The Race to Win project was developed to support Communities In Schools and their work around empowering students.  "Education is THE Race for our kids to win.  Our goal is to raise at least $100,000 for Communities In Schools affiliates" he said, adding that $50,000 has already been committed by the Saxena Foundation.

 

Donations of $1,000 or more entitle the donor to a logo on the car. Saxena and his co-driver, Richard Zimmerman are planning to participate in other fundraising activities before and during the race.  "Education is particularly important in times like today where we are faced with stagnating incomes for the middle class and rising income inequality” said Zimmerman. “The benefits of this partnership will last a long time after the race is completed and I look forward to engaging with all the kids, the sponsors, and the fans." he added.

Communities In Schools was recognized by President Obama in a recent speech on the dropout epidemic plaguing our nation.  In his speech, the President called the dropout problem too severe to accept and too important to ignore, and called on parents, students, educators, business and elected leaders to come together to end the crisis. Watch the President's speech on WhiteHouse.gov: http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/helping-america-become-a-grad-nation

About The Event:
Consisting of both an endurance race and track races, the event will involve a race-modified car being driven coast-to-coast and on some of America’s best racetracks by Manoj and a co-driver. In the endurance portion, the car will be driven from race track to race track while respecting speed limits and without the benefit of support crews.  Race track events will be time trials and competition is for fastest time on the track rather than wheel-to-wheel racing.  The race will also make stops at four major cities where middle and high school children from the local Communities In Schools affiliates will participate in various events such as poster sessions and talks on the science of racing as well as a walkthrough and demonstration of the race car.  For more information on The Race to Win, please visit www.theracetowin.com

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs. Working in more than 3,200 schools, in the most challenged communities, in 26 states, and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves nearly 1.4 million young people and their families every year. It has become the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, and is proven to increase graduation rates. Information on the web at www.cisnet.org 

About Saxena Foundation
Founded in 2002, the Saxena Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization committed to positively impacting the lives of women and children while establishing a legacy of family giving.  The foundation partners with a wide range of individuals and organizations to implement our personal creed of "doing well by doing good" and with a conviction that, by starting with children, we can bring forth the best. More information on the web at www.saxenafoundation.org
 
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About Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools, the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


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