Letter: How do you spell ‘gratitude’?
Spelling for Literacy, the fundraising event sponsored by Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula, Inc. and the umbrella for the student and adult-team competition, was exactly what it was hoped it would be—an event enjoyed by all ages, good competition with additional money raised for the ALMP.
The event could not have taken place without the support of the Mathews Market Days Committee, the financial backing from the Gazette-Journal, Chesapeake Bank, Colonial Virginia Bank and support from Gloucester Office Supply, The UPS Store-Gloucester, Domino’s Pizza and Chick-fil-A, which gave the bee mascot a honey of an opportunity to draw an audience to cheer and contribute funds for correct spelling. In addition, much cooperation was received from the Boys and Girls Club of Mathews to the benefit of its clientele as well as Adult Literacy.
Congratulations to the top five student winners who were Jeffrey Cho of Peasley Middle School, Sara Whiteman from Achilles, Jalen Thomas from Thomas Hunter Middle School, Erin Bristow from Peasley and Jonathan Kincade from Thomas Hunter. Spelling could well be in their future days for some time to come.
The adult-team competition was a 31-round contest dominated by cheerleaders who encouraged the audience to contribute to support adult literacy as "buybacks" were financed for teams to remain in the bee. There was a community of givers who supported all teams to continue in the bee and teams who supported other teams by giving "lifelines" to insure that the bee continued. When the final word was spelled and the cheerleaders satisfied with their jobs, the "hat" contained $151 in support of literacy and "The Buzz" (aka Gazette-Journal) walked away with the Traveling Trophy for another year.
Adult Literacy thanks all who supported Spelling for Literacy and, thus, the adults in the community who wish to improve and continue their education.
Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula Inc.