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Time to dress up and spell for literacy

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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So you think you can spell. Put your reputation up with like-minded Garfield County citizens for the benefit of Literacy Outreach, who has helped teach adults reading and writing, and enhanced language skills.

Teams of one to three contestants will compete for bragging rights in this year’s Spellebration, with the theme of Vive La Spellebration. Most teams get in the spirit of the competition with elaborate costumes.

Words in the contest will be obtained from Webster’s New World College Dictionary, fourth edition.



The pronouncer will pronounce the word, give the definition of the word, use it in a sentence, and pronounce it once more. Team members may ask the pronouncer for one additional pronunciation of the word, to provide the part of speech, and/or provide the language of origin. Root word questions will not be entertained by the pronouncer and judges.

Team members have 15 seconds after the last pronunciation to collaborate on the spelling of the word. After that amount of time, the designated speller must begin spelling, and no further collaboration will be allowed. Each team will be given paper and pencil; but no designated speller may read from any sheet, written notation or device. After starting the spelling, the designated speller may stop and start over; but there may be no change of letters in the sequence from the first spelling.



Two misspellings will eliminate a team from the competition.

If teams need help with a tough word, they may purchase word passes and obtain the assistance of Pepe Le Pew. Passes will cost more once the spelling has begun, and will be more expensive as the competition heats up.

Literacy Outreach has trained 725 volunteer tutors who have provided tutoring to more than 1,400 adult students and have awarded scholarships to many promising adult GED students.

Grab some friends and make a team. Get creative and design French costumes. Prove to your kids that studying can be fun!

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with a possible local nonprofit special event or news item, e-mail kvasilakis2222@gmail.com or call 618-6689.


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