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11th Annual Spelling Bee is Again a Successful Mentoring Program
Pictured 3rd Graders with mentors: Marisa Gregory, Madi...
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11th Annual Spelling Bee is Again a Successful Mentoring Program

Pictured 3rd Graders with mentors:
Marisa Gregory, Madi Furrer, Emma Scheckner, Peirce Beach, Jessica Matsuoka, and Michael Sherman
Pictured 4th Graders with mentors:
Tom Hermantin, Maddie Robinson, Allie Ogden, Ruby Candee, Annaliese Schweitzer, Jessica Dolcimascolo, Owen Chaber and Noah Morgan
11th Annual Spelling Bee is a Again a Successful Mentoring Program
by Tom Hermantin
P-A-R-C-H-E-D was one of the winning words for third grade speller, Michael Sherman at the Annual Redding Easton Boys and Girls Club Spelling Bee.  The hard work paid off for this year’s third grade winners Michael Sherman, Madi Furrer and Emma Scheckner. Fourth grade winners included Allie Ogden, Ruby Candee (who won last year’s third grade division) and Owen Chaber. Nearly one hundred students participated; fifty spellers were matched with fifty mentors in Easton and Redding.
For eleven years now, the Redding Easton Boys and Girls Club, Keystone leaders have been hosting the annual spelling bee for third and fourth graders.  This year the spelling bee took place on Saturday April 1st at Joel Barlow High School.  This is a special event that serves to create bonds between high schoolers and elementary children in the community.  It is one of the largest community service projects for the Keystone club, a high school leadership organization. This year’s high school directors were Noah Morgan, Noah Sobel and Tom Hermantin. They organized sponsors, high school mentors, spellers, parents as well as announcing and judging on the day of the Spelling Bee. Volunteer Jen Phelps Hermantin, Peri Bartro and Joe Dolan served as parent advisors. Sponsors for the program included Ridgefield Printing, Danbury Orthopedics, Phelps MD Integrative Medicine, Redding Ridge Market, Silvermans, Toozy Patza Pizza, Peachwave, Tusk and Cup, Sal’z Pizza, Coldwell Banker and Ridgefield Printing. ;
For this spelling bee, each speller was paired with a high school mentor.  The spellers and mentors were matched as close as possible geographically at a meet-your-mentor night in February. The spellers then worked weekly with their mentors studying word lists by playing games of Scrabble and hangman making the process a fun bonding experience establishing meaningful relationships between younger and older students. 
First-place winners received a $75 check as well as a certificate. Second-place winners received $50 and a certificate and third-place winners 25$. All participants received a spelling bee T-shirt and certificate of participation.

by posted 05/11/2017



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