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Updated: 11/20/2013 08:00:02AM

Youth Spelling Bee approaching

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Christine Roslow

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Who are the best young spellers in the area? Knights of Columbus Council 7091 of Cypress Gardens hopes to answer this question by inviting boys and girls with an aptitude for spelling to compete in its 2013 K of C Youth Spelling Bee on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Winter Haven Public Library at 325 Avenue A, NW in Winter Haven.

The K of C Spelling Bee is free of charge to boys and girls from Winter Haven and elsewhere in Polk County who attend public and private schools or are home schooled. Students will compete in three divisions — grades 5-6, grades 7-8 and grades 9-10 — and can obtain a list of sample words before the event in local schools and at the Winter Haven Public Library.

Registration is at 9 a.m., followed by the competition at 9:30 a.m. K of C members are as judges.

Every winner will receive a ribbon and automatically advance to the district and possibly regional round of competition. Regional winners will compete in the state K of C Youth Spelling Bee.

For more information and to get sample words, call Billy Bob Morris at 863-289-2784 or Bob Connell at 863-294-9184.

Teacher of the Year breakfast Thursday

Teachers and school-related employees who have made an impact on students and the community will be honored in a yearly event Thursday at the Bartow Civic Center.

Sponsored by the Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation Inc. and presented by the Bartow Chamber of Commerce, people can attend the event for $10 per person for non-chamber members. Chamber members can attend for free. But people should make a reservation by calling the chamber at 863-533-7125.

The event which is for schools in the Bartow area is to be emceed by school board Member Hazel Sellers.

Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. at the Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave.

Great American Teach-In Wednesday

Some area schools will be hosting business men and women at their schools on Wednesday during the Great American Teach-In.

Union Academy, an Intentional Baccalaureate school in Bartow, will have 20 people at their school Wednesday for the Teach-In. There is also a ribbon cutting scheduled beforehand at the school. Union will become a member of the Bartow Chamber of Commerce. The ribbon cutting is scheduled at 8:30 a.m.

Rev. Jim Hacth will be one of the speakers at Union. He will talk about his missionary work in Africa. Other speakers include Myrtice Young from the Polk County History Center; Adam Lunn from the Lakeland Linder Aiport; Lloyd Harris who will discuss the book he wrote about the history of Bartow; John Anderson, a Polk State College music coordinator who will play piano with eighth graders; Nicole Walker, the county extension director who will speak about 4H and agriculture; and Joe Gavin, who will play guitar with music students. And, that’s just a few of them.

Spessard L. Holland Elementary will also take part in the Teach-In. Byron Moore, the Bartow Fire Department’s chief will be there as will firefighter Jason Villeneuve. They plan to talk about fire safety and the role equipment plays in keeping firefighters safe.

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