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Spellers wanted for fun literacy fundraiser

The date of Sound Learning's Spell-E-Bration fundraiser was changed from early May to June 29 because the Shelton-based nonprofit is seeking more spellers for the 28th annual event.

Six three-member teams have signed up for the event that features a community spelling bee, silent auction, dessert buffet and live music, hosted 4 to 8 p.m. June 29 at The Pavilion at Sentry Park at the Mason County Senior Activities Center at 190 W. Sentry Drive.

Sound Learning has plenty of sponsors for the teams and needs spellers to help fill out the threesomes for hopefully another three or four teams, said Shannon Klasell, the group's executive director.

"People say, 'I can't spell!' It's really all in fun," she said.

The event features light-hearted banter between the teams and the judges - sometimes "bribes" are offered in full view of the audience - and most importantly, raises money to help adults become more literate. To join a team for the event, call Sound Learning at 360-426-9733 or email [email protected].

The silent auction items for the event include four tickets to a Seattle Storm basketball game, framed art, oil changes at Denny's Auto Service, spa visits at Little Creek Casino Resort and Vance Creek Railriders tickets.

Spell-E-Bration is the biggest fundraiser for the Shelton-based nonprofit group, which was founded 33 years ago. Staff members and volunteers help educate adults in reading, math, computer literacy, HS21-Plus and GED preparation, and English for speakers of other languages.

Sound Learning's staff provides public education on literacy-related and diversity issues, through community presentations, displays and a monthly electronic newsletter. The group collaborates with St. David's Episcopal Church to offer a Spanish language class. They also work with the Shelton School District, Timberland Regional Library, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympic College Shelton, Mason County Network, WorkSource, the Division of Social and Health Services, YMCA and other agencies.

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Gordon Weeks, Reporter

Shelton-Mason County Journal & Belfair Herald

 

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