Spelling teams are forming now to participate in the annual “Grate” Altus Spelling Bee for literacy on Saturday, April 2. This date is set for the area’s most fun and entertaining event – the Great Plains Literacy Council’s fundraiser that will start at 9 a.m. at the Band Room (H12) at Western Oklahoma State College. Back for the 17th year, the spelling bee will no doubt be another crazy, word-churning and fun-filled spelling competition to raise money for the adult literacy services.
To be a part of this “Grate” event, just gather up friends and co-workers from a squadron, club, family, neighborhood, company, or organization, and register at the Altus Public Library, 421 N. Hudson, by Tuesday, March 29. It will cost $100 for a team of two to three adults (age 18 and older at the event date). 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. A mulligan allows a team to skip a word given.
This contest permits the team to work together in spelling the words at the contest. As soon as the registration form and fees from the downtown library are completed, rules and study helps are available.
“This will be my third year with the Spelling Bee, and I look forward to it! I know this will be an exciting way to help our Council raise needed funds to continue our fight against illiteracy in this area,” exclaimed GPLC secretary Donna Revilla. “Some people also make contributions to the literacy council rather than sponsoring teams in support of this its worthy efforts. This fundraiser makes up about 11% of our annual operating budget.”
Team cheering sections are encouraged to attend the contest that has no admission fee for the public to attend. Prizes are awarded to the top two spelling teams, the best team name, and a sympathy award for the first team who misspells a word. For those who want to have costumes, there will be special prizes for that category. Also a special award goes to the top military team. Door prizes and refreshments will be included during the morning event.
The Great Plains Literacy Council is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping adult residents in Harmon and Jackson Counties improve reading, writing, and speaking skills of the English language.
For more information or questions about the “Grate” Altus Spelling Bee, please give them a “buzz” at 477-2890. Get registered today—it’s time to examine and sharpen your spelling skills or design costumes or determine a clever team name for the spelling bee!