By Natalie Fultz
COLUMBUS, GA - This time around Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't racing on a track. Instead he's helping students race to the stage.
"It's like taking power out of the race car. You can't go to the race track with a car that doesn't have as much power as everybody else and expect to compete. If you don't have that diploma, that's what you're doing when you step out into the workforce and the working world. You're at a handicap," Earnhardt Jr. says.
Shaw High school put on the event as part of their Raiders to Graduate program that encourages students to graduate in four years.
"It's something that I don't think that at that age you understand the type of choice your making, so it's really important to try to express and try to get these kids to realize how that effects them down the road," Earnhardt Jr. says.
Dale shared with students that while he graduated with a high school diploma, his father, the legendary Dale Earnhardt, didn't.
"We'd talk about it even at an older age..in his 40s and 50s. It was something he was ashamed of. As he got older it was something, it was a fact of his life, he didn't like to bring up and didn't like to talk about in front of people," Earnhardt Jr. says.
Junior expressed putting forth effort to students, and it was this same effort given by Congressman Sanford Bishop that got Earnhardt to Shaw High.
"When students can see someone that they can relate to somebody from the real world who can motivate and inspire them to be what they would love and dream to be..I think it's exceptional," Bishop says.
WLTZ NBC 38
6140 Buena Vista Rd, Columbus, GA 31907, 706-561-3838
GA News Hotline: 706-507-6397
AL News Hotline: firstname.lastname@example.org