Wayne Central High School Performing Arts Center recently hosted the 18th annual Wayne County Rotary Spelling Bee, which raised over $6,000 for Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County.
The Wayne County Rotary Spelling Bee is a collaborative effort between the 10 Rotary clubs in Wayne County to call attention to and raise money for literacy services in the community.
Funds raised through the spelling bee support free family literacy and adult tutoring programs throughout the county.
“We are grateful to Wayne County Rotary clubs for their continued support of Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County,” said Chris Edgar, executive director for LVWC. “The funds raised from the spelling bee will make it possible to reach more people.”
Sixteen teams from across Wayne County and surrounding areas competed in this year’s bee. Don Alhart from Channel 13 News in Rochester volunteered as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Kirk Baker, of the Park Presbyterian Church in Newark, served as pronouncer.
First-place winners of the adult competition were four-person team The JAGS, sponsored by team members Joan, Anne, Glenn and Stuart. In the youth category, two-person team Beests, sponsored by Ontario-Walworth Rotary Club, won first place.