Kiwanis Community Spelling Bee set for April 4

Feb 24, 2014

Kiwanis Club of Waynesville is kicking off its second annual Community Spelling Bee. This fun competition will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at First United Methodist Church, Waynesville. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and a mashed potato sundae bar will be available for purchase from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Sponsors of this event will be supporting the children of Haywood County. Kiwanis has donated more than $175,000 in the past five years to the needs of children through its fund raising efforts.

“It’s a privilege to be asked to support the children through a great community outlet like the Kiwanis Club,” said Nikki White, member of Women of Waynesville.

Kiwanis is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

The sponsorship is $100 plus extra “Buy a Word” dollars.  Each team will use the extra dollars to pay for a misspelled word and go forward in the contest to the next word.  Teams are encouraged to wear special t-shirts, colors or other attire to advertise their sponsor’s business or organization.

“We have supported local and international missions for children and this spelling bee with Kiwanis gives us an opportunity to reinforce our dedication to helping the needs of Haywood County children,” said Donna Wilkins, a member of YES (Young Energetic Sisters) of Longs Chapel UME Women, a mission-led organization. “This will be our second year of participation."

The traveling trophy will go to the winning spelling team for one year and first, second and third place teams win trophies.  The competition is exciting and winners from last year will be back to try to take the trophy home. Kiwanis is very happy to have Rex Hodge from WLOS-TV to pronounce the words for the spellers. Members are currently "Busy as Bees" signing up sponsors so they can get their spellers and seek out extra dollars for word buys from families and friends, which gives their team a competitive advantage.

For more information about this event, call Marti Peithman at 926-3678 or George Dixon at 453-3573.