Spelling bees arent just for school kids. The

Laura Nethken Published:

Spelling bees arent just for school kids. The grown-ups get in on the fun once a year during the Community Bee for Literacy, co-sponsored by the Record-Courier and the Portage County Literacy Coalition.

For the perfect blend of lively competition, community-building and fund-raising, local business and community leaders look forward to participating in the 12th annual Community Bee for Literacy, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicines Conference Center in Rootstown. This new location is larger than the previous setting, making room for more competitors in the field.

By sending a team of spellers to the competition, or by contributing as a sponsor, you can positively impact the growth of literacy in Portage County. Even if you just want to come and enjoy the Bee and preceding luncheon, your support is appreciated.

Committed to providing opportunities for lifelong learning, the PCLC provides adults who need to improvetheir reading, writing or math skills or who havent completed high school an opportunity to improve their lives as well as the lives of their families.These programs, delivered by the Maplewood Adult Basic and Literacy Education program, are free to participants.

Your support and contributions allow the Coalition to enhance its educational efforts. You can earmark your donations to support your favorite PCLC program, a few of which include:

Even Start: For families of preschoolers, which allow parents to learn valuable life skills alongside their own children.

Tutor Training Workshops and support materials.

One-on-one tutoring to improve reading skills for any adult learner willing to try.

The Baby Book Project, which supplies families of all newborns delivered at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna with colorful new board books.

Sponsors and donors will be recognized publicly during the 12th annual Community Bee for Literacy. Also, your company/organization can gain additional publicity with a 3-foot-by-2-foot display sign at the Bee.

To learn more about how to enter or sponsor a three-member team for competition, for tickets, or for general information about this exciting and worthwhile Portage County event, call the Portage County Literacy Coalition at (330) 297-4418.

For more information about the Maplewood ABLE program and the Portage County Literacy Coalition, call (330) 297-4418. Director Helen Jane Wilson can be reached by e-mail at hjwilson@maplenet.sparcc.org.

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