Students at South Brunswick Charter School competed in a high intensity, NASCAR-inspired academic skills competition on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The competition – named “FASTAR” – sees students “race” to complete a reading passage and 50 math problems at speeds close to two minutes. “FASTAR” stands for Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading and was developed 14 years ago.
The FASTAR competition, which had 100 competitors vying for trophies from grades K-5, lasted approximately 4 hours – going from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After the racing, an awards ceremony was held where every racer received a medal and top scorers received trophies.
Michelle Mena, Headmaster of South Brunswick Charter School, commented, “NASCAR says ‘Gentlemen! Start! Your! Engines!’ Here at South Brunswick Charter School we say ‘Children! Start! Your! Brains!’ FASTAR is a fun way to challenge our children to show their math and reading skills in a family-oriented fun event.”
South Brunswick Charter School is one of four charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability, or address. To learn more or enroll online, please visit EnrollRBA.com