Sophia Wyatt and McKenzie Clay, both third-graders, were among many children who took part in a spelling bee Friday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club.
The spelling bee was held as part of the club’s recognition of National Boys and Girls Club Week.
One winner from each grade was chosen.
“If you miss one word, you are out,” Clay said.
Clay chose to take part in the spelling bee, she said, “Because I like to spell.”
The word she missed was hardware. She spelled it h-a-r-d-w-h-e-r-e.
The word that tripped up Wyatt was souvenir. Wyatt thinks she added an extra “e” to the word when trying to spell it.
Wyatt said she enjoyed participating in the spelling bee.
“It educates me,” she said. “I learn how to spell words.”
Danielle Bradley, a club staff member, was the moderator for the spelling bee. Overseeing the spelling bee is something Bradley said she loves doing.
“I just like seeing how much they have learned over the year,” she said, adding she also likes watching the students’ facial expressions as they try to spell the words she gives them.
The club doesn’t always host a spelling bee during National Boys and Girls Club Week. Whether the club has a spelling bee or not is contingent on the theme for the week.
“One of the themes is ‘Open the Door to Education,’ because education is one of our corps program areas,” said Mary Lee England, program coordinator for the club.
Words for the spelling bee are selected according to what the students learning at their schools.
“We take a look at where the schools are with their spelling words,” England said, adding the club’s staff is already familiar with the word since they help the students with their spelling homework on a regular basis.
Winners of the spelling bee were allowed to choose from a table of items that were gender and age appropriate.
The club recognizes National Boys and Girls Club Week as a way of celebrating youth in the community and their accomplishments, she said.
The students were treated to a variety of activities during the week they normally don’t get to do. One activity involved play time on inflatables in the school’s gym, which Wyatt and Clay both said was their favorite activity.
They also got to have pizza as an afternoon snack and met new people who visited their club during the week.
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