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News Community Community Spelling and Trivia Bee raises funds for Read2Me

The Western Mountains Reading Council hosted the first annual Community Spelling and Trivia Bee on Tuesday, and raised about $1,700 which will go to benefit Read2Me after covering the minimum costs of the event. The Spelling and Trivia Bee was a familyfriendly event designed to celebrate learning while raising awareness and support for the Reading Council.

The event featured 15, four person teams, which were comprised of at least one Macon County student. The teams competed in a fun and lively single elimination competition to spell increasingly difficult words and answer interspersed trivia questions. The teams were encouraged to create a team name, wear unique team T-shirts or costumes and to bring a cheering section, and prizes were awarded for each category.

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The first place team was Highlands School’s “Highlands’ Smarty Pants”, second place was Macon Early College’s “The Word Savers”, and third place was Macon County Sheriff’s Department “Rise to the Challenge” team. Photos by Vickie Carpenter.The winners for the event were the Highlands Smarty Pants representing Highlands School. The team featured Michelle Lane as captain, Denish West, Chris Green and Ahzah Kennemore.

The Read2Me initiative is a public awareness campaign geared towards encouraging the community at large to become highly invested in promoting children learning to read early in order to help all children realize their potential in school and in life.

“I am extremely excited about Read2Me and the involvement of the community to promote early literacy, not just for our students, but for everyone in the county,” said Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman. “Reading is the main foundation for all areas of academics and the benefit of Read2Me is twofold. Not only will students learn the importance of reading through the initiative, but they will also feel the support created from full involvement of the community because of organizations like the Rotary Club, Girl Scouts, and the Reading Council who are working with the program.”The “Rise to the Challenge” team strategize between rounds.Jim Breedlove, captain of United Community Bank’s “The UCB Jolly Banker’s” team takes his turn at the mic.Fifteen teams participated in the inaugural community spelling bee, which was held Tuesday night. This year’s event went to benefit the Read2Me program, which promotes early literacy for all kids.

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