‘GRATE’ Altus Spelling Bee to ‘bee’ on March 29

February 8, 2014

It’s time for the Great Plains Literacy Council’s most fun and entertaining event – the “GRATE” Altus Spelling Bee, on Saturday, March 29th, at the Band Hall at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus. The fundraiser will begin at 1 pm in the afternoon, which is a new change.

“The ‘Grate’ word was used to draw attention to the spelling of words and to describe the friendly, fun competition associated at the fund raiser of needed funds to continue the fight against illiteracy in the community,” explained the literacy board president Jacquelyn Parrish. “It really is a ‘great’ event.”

The spelling bee will be a lighthearted contest where the team can work together in spelling the word at the contest. Not only will competition recognize the best spellers as a team, but the best costumes and best team names will win awards. Also a special award goes to the top military team.

“Consider sponsoring a team from a business, organization, church or making a contribution to the non-profit organization,” stated Spelling Bee chair Ryan Howard. “The fundraiser is about seven weeks away, so we encourage team spellers to make preparations now.”

Information about the spelling rules and a suggested word study website are available at the Altus Public Library upon payment of the $100 entry fee. The team also has an opportunity to purchase three mulligans for $25, payable with the team registration. At the event, three mulligans will cost $35.

There is no admission fee for the public to attend the event. Door prizes and refreshments will be available throughout the contest.

Who will prevail this year and take home the top prizes? Find out on March 29 as teams compete for bragging rights and win at the 2014 “GRATE” Altus Spelling Bee.