Hail to the bus driver! Next month, a select group of incredibly talented and competitive New Hampshire school superintendents will shed their ties and don their driving gloves for a unique race competition. And we wouldn't be surprised if this test triggers lots of failing grades.
On June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will put 10 educators to the test, making them drive a full-sized school bus through a ridiculously tricky obstacle course on the speedway. Traffic cones may never look the same. The winner will be the school official who navigates the course quickly without hitting cones. That superintendent will pocket $10,000 to spend on the school district program of their choice. It's all part of the third annual Race to Benefit Education.
Towns and districts scheduled to compete are: Concord, Derry, Exeter, Franklin, Goffstown, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack Valley, Rochester and Sanborn Regional.
"I'm honored to be a part of this year's competition, and I have been practicing with the help of my bus drivers," says Nate Greenberg, superintendent of Londonderry schools. "I look forward to taking my fellow superintendents to school, if you catch my drift."
Running alongside the Race to Benefit Education is the "School Program," which is offering elementary, middle and high school students an opportunity to attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 and/or SYLVANIA 300 for free. Discounted tickets are available to moms and dads who buy tickets to take their kids to the races. For each ticket purchased, NHMS will give money back to all participating schools.
And the superintendent whose school sells the most tickets will get a kick off party at beginning of 2014-15 school year. The party will include the New Hampshire Motor Speedway racecar, speedway mascot Milo the Moose, ice cream and much more.
Originally set for May 30, the "School Program" deadline has been extended through the end of this school year in June. Kids get a voucher for one free ticket, and adult ticket prices start at just $25. The discounted ticket price is available for the Camping World RV Sales 301 on Sunday, July 13, and the SYLVANIA 300 on Sunday, Sept. 21.