I remember when I was in school many years ago, the annual spelling bee was a highlight to the end of our school year. So many students entered, that the bee seemed to go on for hours. The spelling bee not only created a sense of competition among students, it also increased students’ literacy skills. Unfortunately, involvement in fun, skill-building activities has been replaced with things such as texting, social media, video games,and a reliance on spell-check.
In Wayne County, approximately 1 of every 3 adults struggle to read and write well enough to function effectively in today’s society. Together, we can change this. The Wayne County Rotary is hosting their annual spelling bee on Feb. 24 to support the Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County.
Each year, teams of adults and youth form throughout the county and come together in February to compete, while businesses place advertisements in the spelling bee program. All of the money raised goes directly to the Literacy Volunteers to support literacy education for members of our community. Please share this invitation to register with friends, family and colleagues. Let’s make this the biggest and best year yet. After all, a community is only as healthy and strong as the people who live and work in it.
Contact Chris Edgar, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County, for registration and/or advertising information at lvwayne@rochester.rr.com or by calling (315) 946-5333.
Penny Gugino