The Kiwanis Club is spelling s-u-c-c-e-s-s, one student at a time.
The club is serving as a sponsor for the Dyer County Spelling Bee, scheduled to take place at Dyersburg Middle School on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The local event is an opportunity for students to move on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation's largest and longest-running educational program. Spelling champs advance through classroom, grade, school, county and region-level bees to earn a spot in the national bee near Washington, D.C.
Dyer County's first- and second-place winners will move on to compete in the Mid-South Spelling Bee. Winners of the Mid-South Bee go on to compete in the national contest.
"Kiwanis is proud to be a sponsor of the Dyer County Spelling Bee," said Kiwanis President Megan Madden. "Kiwanis members will be doing the judging and announcing. The club will also donate the prizes."
Christ Classical Academy and the Dyersburg City School District have already committed to send students to the 2013 Dyer County Spelling Bee. Dyer County Schools will not participate in this year's countywide spelling bee.
As educators from CCA and the city school system begin classroom and schoolwide spelling bees, Kiwanis Club organizers also wish to invite home-schooled children in Dyer County to participate.
Residents interested in more information on the countywide bee or how to enter their home-schooled child may contact Dyersburg Intermediate School Curriculum Supervisor Lenita Click at 286-3620. Entry forms can be faxed, emailed or picked up.
Click will provide those entering with the rules, the name of the dictionary used for reference, and a sample list of words to study.
The deadline to enter is Thursday, Dec. 20.
Madden said the project is a perfect match to the Kiwanis Club motto, "Changing the World One Child and One Community at a Time."
"A huge 'thanks' to Lenita and Seela Newbill for all of their hard work on this project," said Madden.
The Dyer County Spelling Bee will take place at 6 p.m. on the DMS stage. All students should be at the school by 5:30 p.m. to register and check in.
Information for this article was also obtained from www.spellingbee.com.