Kal Tire president Robert Foord (right) joins Mindy Crawford

Kal Tire president Robert Foord (right) joins Mindy Crawford

Skilled spellers sought for Junction Literacy Centre adult spelling bee

The buzz is starting to stir for an event that will test the spelling skills of local businesses and individuals.

The buzz is starting to stir for an event that will test the spelling skills of local businesses and individuals.

The Junction Literacy Centre’s sixth annual Adult Spelling Bee Challenge gets underway May 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Vernon Lodge.

The event, which supports various literacy and youth programs at the centre, has several returning teams and is hoping to fill even more tables.

“It’s important to support literacy in our community,” said Robert Foord, president of Kal Tire, presenting sponsor and just one of the retuning teams.

“Spell check aside, these days they are critical skills to have from a professional standpoint.”

Along with supporting the Junction Literacy Centre and Teen Junction Youth Centre, the annual spelling bee offers a team-building morning centred around fun. Unlike traditional spelling bees where individuals brave the stage, groups work together to correctly spell words, which are presented in rounds.

“People who love to spell and want to support the work we do should call us,” said Debbie Schiller, Junction executive director.

“Whether it’s a team, a few friends, or an individual, there’s room for everyone, and a hot breakfast.

“We’ve been hovering between 15 and 18 tables every year and this year we are really hoping for 20,” said Schiller.

Last year’s spelling bee raised $20,000 with the Okanagan College Egg Heads claiming the prized trophy.

But the competition isn’t necessarily for the overall championship, there are also some inter-table competitions which Schiller would like to see more of.

“The two Rotary clubs are at it again,” she said, also noting the ongoing battle between the student team and school administrators.

Teams of eight ($1,000) can include, but are not limited to book clubs, running clubs, retirees, service clubs and businesses. Individuals ($125) can also take part and will be joined with tables of like-minded individuals.

Sponsors needed are also needed to help an enthusiastic student who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate.

To register call 250-275-3117 or admin@junctionliteracy.ca. Costumes are optional.