SPIRIT LAKE – Area boys and girls in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 are welcome to compete in the 2018 Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee. Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 is sponsoring the always-entertaining contest January 25 at the Spirit Lake Middle School music room. Free on-site registration – requiring a parent’s signature – will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the hallway outside the Music Room at Spirit Lake Middle School off Hill Avenue in Spirit Lake.
Fourth graders will begin competing promptly at 4 p.m., with other grade levels to follow. The first and second place spellers and an alternate in each grade will then be eligible to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee. The first and second place contestants in the regional competition may advance to the state spelling bee in Ames.
Students can prepare for the competition by accessing the spelling lists at http://iowakofc.org/page/spelling-bee. Students from the other area school districts are invited to participate.
Any questions may be directed to Paul Katzfey, Youth Director Council 5043, 712-330-6371 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 is one of the most active in Iowa, in the past year contributing more than $18,000 to local community needs, including Hope Haven (ECHO Plus), Iowa Helping Hands Fund, American Wheelchair Mission, the Grotto of the Redemption, Cherish House, Guatemala Mission, Women of the Well Project, Honor Flight for Veterans, as well as to local family, community and parish needs. Local Knights sponsor annual youth events including the Free Throw Competition and the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee. They also run the Tootsie Roll Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Labor Day weekend, benefiting local organizations.
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated more than 71 million volunteer hours and $173 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.