Walker County Literacy Council’s spelling bee set for Thursday night
by James Phillips
Oct 16, 2011 | 1621 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With more than 8,000 people in Walker County who cannot read, the Literacy Council of Walker County is doing its part to raise awareness to that problem.

The group, which also provides tutors to the illiterate, is holding its annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee Thursday to help raise funds to increase its efforts. The event will be held at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper and is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

The cost to enter a four-person or less team into the contest is $100. The Literacy Council is also excepting sponsors for the event with lower case sponsors starting at $25 and upper case sponsors starting at $50. Chandra Rice, a TLC-Walker County representative, said teams should be entered by Tuesday afternoon by contacting the Literacy Council at 205-387-0511, ext. 5792 or tlcwalkercounty@bscc.edu. Team names and a list of each team member are due at that time.

Rice said teams are urged to attend the event in costume. Awards will be given for best team name, best costumes and best cheering section.

“The Spelling Bee is always a lot of fun,” Rice said. “We hope the community will continue to support this event and join us for what will be a great night.”

Rice, who was handing out books to children at the Heritage Festival in Jasper on Saturday, said events are good ways for the group to raise awareness to the illiteracy problem in the county.

“With our county being at 17 percent illiteracy, the only way to combat that is awareness,” she said. “Events like area festivals and the Spelling Bee are ways to get our name out so people who need help or know someone who does can contact us so we can provide that help.”