News release from Fort Wayne Community Schools:
Grown-ups get a chance to show off their spelling E-R-U-D-I-T-I-O-N
(March 24, 2011) – Fort Wayne Community Schools’ Study Connection is hosting its inaugural Great Grown-Up SpellingÂ Bee to raise money for the after-school program.
The event will be held Friday, May 13, at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Teams of three work togetherÂ in spelling rounds, and like traditional spelling bees, are eliminated by misspelling a word. TheÂ winners of each spelling round will advance to a champion’s round for Â the chance to win theÂ coveted Honeycomb Trophy. Teams can also purchase spell checks, which allow teams a second or thirdÂ chance to spell a word correctly. Spell checks will be sold for $60 for the first, $120 for theÂ second and $240 for the third.
Registration for the event is due by Friday, April 22. Individuals must be 21 years of age or olderÂ to participate. Cost to participate is $150 Â per team. Those not interested in participating but whoÂ want to support Study Connection can sponsor a letter for $100 or serve as an Â event sponsor for upÂ to $5,000. Spectators will be allowed to view the event. General admission tickets are available forÂ 20.
To participate, sponsor or attend the event, contact the FWCS Community Programs Department atÂ 467-8810 or e-mail.
Study Connection began in 1989, founded by Don Wolf, retired CEO and president emeritus of Do itÂ Best Corp. In the last two decades an estimated 10,000 students have gone through the program.Â Volunteers are matched one-to-one with FWCS students who need academic assistance. Students andÂ volunteers meet weekly after school for one hour during the school year with 79 percent of theÂ students bused to and from local businesses for their tutoring sessions. This not only givesÂ students a chance to receive some extra homework help, but also meet a mentor in the community andÂ learn about local career opportunities.
Study Connection has been replicated in other cities across the nation, including Clinton, Iowa,Â where the Governor recognized it as the 2000 Volunteer Program of the Year. In 2007, StudyÂ Connection received the Indiana Youth Institute Award for investing in youth.