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May 21, 2014

Spelling Bee to raise awareness, support for local literacy council

JACKSONVILLE — Eight teams will vie for bragging rights as the city's top spellers during Jacksonville's 20th annual Corporate Spelling Bee, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Norman Activity Center.

The event, which benefits the Jacksonville Literacy Council is a popular one, said literacy council president Sam Hopkins.

“It's a worthy cause, because it raises funds for community education programs that we offer free of charge: GED preparation, English as a Second Language and citizenship preparation classes,” he said. “This really raises a lot of funds, something like 10 to 15 percent of our annual budget.”

Tickets are $10 per person and include a meal catered by Sadlers.

While a number of people purchase tickets at the door, approximately 130 tickets have already been sold, Hopkins said.

“People are very interested in seeing who will win this year – JISD is the defending champion, and we'll see who might be able to compete with them,” he said.

Among the competing wordsmiths are teams from Jacksonville College, JISD, ETMC, Trinity Mother Frances, Gorham Accounting, the Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Key Club and Gateway to American Opportunities.

The top team will win bragging rights and a trophy, while the most spirited, liveliest group of supporters will receive the bee's Spirit Stick.

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