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With only five weeks until the “Grate” Altus Spelling Bee, the Country Kitchen/United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church have donated team registration fees to the Great Plains Literacy Council to sponsor this spelling team. Kathy Bayers (seated) will be a new spelling team member, so she is getting guidance from her two veteran spellers who have developed the bee appearance with costumes of wings, thoraxes, and antennae. Susan Grimes (left) adjusts the bee antennae while Olya Coffin (right) shows the fundraiser rules and procedures to be used in the fun competition on Saturday afternoon, March 29, at 1 pm. at the WOSC Band Room.
With only five weeks until the “Grate” Altus Spelling Bee, the Country Kitchen/United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church have donated team registration fees to the Great Plains Literacy Council to sponsor this spelling team. Kathy Bayers (seated) will be a new spelling team member, so she is getting guidance from her two veteran spellers who have developed the bee appearance with costumes of wings, thoraxes, and antennae. Susan Grimes (left) adjusts the bee antennae while Olya Coffin (right) shows the fundraiser rules and procedures to be used in the fun competition on Saturday afternoon, March 29, at 1 pm. at the WOSC Band Room.
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While organizations, churches, and businesses are getting eager for the “Grate” Altus Spelling Bee, some teams have started getting ready by completing the registration form at the Altus Public Library, 421 N. Hudson. This is a fund raising event to help support various literacy-related services from the Great Plains Literacy Council.


“It is so much fun to help the Great Plains Literacy Council raise needed funds to continue the fight against illiteracy” exclaimed Susan Grimes of Altus. “I am a volunteer with the Country Kitchen and a member of the United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church, and we glad to sponsor a spelling team.”


Veteran speller Olya Coffin remarked, “I have been involved in the ‘Grate’ Altus Spelling Bee for a few years, because it is fun, helps me study and learn, and raises money for a community service to improve reading for adults . Our team will enjoy the teamwork in spelling at the competition.”


To be a part of this “Grate” event scheduled at the WOSC Band Room at 1 pm on March 29, teams of 2 to 3 adults must pay the registration fee of $100 by Monday March 24. 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. Donations from individuals or organizations can help sponsor unfunded teams or be added to the fundraiser total.


This event will give prizes to the top two spelling teams and the best team name. For those who want to have costumes, there will be special prizes for that category. According to the Spelling Bee chair Ryan Howard, there is a “traveling award” for the top placing team from the base. The literacy board encourages people to get a team together and register at the Altus Library. As soon as the form is completed, the gazette and rules are available.”


Just as teams are being organized to participate, many supporters and viewers look forward to the annual fundraiser to attend and cheer the spellers on to victory. There is no admission fee at the door for spectators. Door prizes and beverages will be included during the afternoon event.


The Great Plains Literacy Council is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping area residents improve reading, writing, and speaking English.


For more information or questions about the “Grate” Altus Spelling Bee, please give them a “buzz” at 580-477-2890.


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