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Spelling Bee for Literacy participant proud to be part of local organization

April 25, 2002|By BOB TRETHEWEY

Special to this newspaper

The following is one in a series of accounts written by those who have participated in the Literacy Volunteers of America, Imperial Valley chapter Spelling Bee for Literacy. The stories serve as a preview of the 14th annual LVA spelling bee May 2.

Many moons ago I was approached by Phyllis Colter of the Literacy Volunteers of America to participate in what was to become the agency's annual spelling bee.

I have been proud to be a part of a very worthwhile organization that provides a service to the residents of Imperial County that is dearly needed.

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Back in my youth when I started as a team member, Jay Jeffcoat was the official pronouncer, and I remember that some of the words that our team had to spell were cash and money. Our team got one of two correct.

The money raised by the LVA is needed to continue its work in the Valley. I would encourage more businesses to fund a spelling team for the forthcoming "bee."

The participation has always been an evening of fun and the benefits of "beating your opponents" like the El Centro Rotary Club have been the icing on the cake.

In the past year or two, Imperial County Office of Education Superintendent John Anderson has been our official judge and I asked John why he did not join our Kiwanis team. His reply was that he could not spell "superintendent."

You will meet a great group of fellow contestants and I urge you to get a team up at your place of work. After all, the team fee goes to a very worthwhile cause.

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