Spelling Bee seeking teams from local businesses, schools, organizations

Release Date: August 7, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Ready to S-P-E-L-L?

The Kappa Delta Pi education honor society at Wayland Baptist University is bringing back its Corporate Spelling Bee fund raiser as a fall event, planned in conjunction with the Sept. 6 Plainview Pioneer Palooza Community Birthday Party.

The afternoon event will follow two hours of free music and inflatable games for kids on the Harral Lawn, with teams encouraged to join the day’s festivities, which begin officially at 2 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the Spelling Bee will take the stage, pitting teams of four spellers from local businesses, schools and other organizations against each other in friendly competition. Non-stellar spellers need not worry, as the word list starts out easy and teams are allowed to confer for 30 seconds on a word before sending one team member to the microphone.

“This is really meant to be a fun event where teams enjoy seeing who they can outsmart, all while supporting a good cause,” said Teresa Young, co-organizer of the event with the KDP officers. “It’s not really about whether you can spell perfectly but just about having fun.”

Part of the fun includes the option for teams to pass on a word they don’t wish to spell, at a cost of $10, or pass to a specific competing team for $20. The event encourages business co-workers to cheer on their team and get spirited during the competition. There is no admission charge for audience members.

“Since this is Wayland’s 100th birthday, we’d love to have 100 spellers that day on 25 teams,” added Young. “But it’ll be a lot of fun no matter who is there. It’s a great time to enjoy teamwork with your coworkers.”

Proceeds from the event, which come from $100 team entry fees, are split between scholarships given by KDP and the Hale County Literacy Council, a United Way agency that provides tutoring for adults learning to read and GED and citizenship tutoring. The winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights. A team from Plainview High School won the first event, held in the spring.

Teams can be composed of adults from any organization, business or just a group of friends wanting to enter the competition. Entry forms and a list of specific rules are available by calling Teresa in the WBU Public Relations office at 291-3586. Deadline to enter teams is Friday, Aug. 29.