From Staff Reports



TIFTON -- The Tifton Gazette's N.I.E. Executive Spelling Bee has been rescheduled for Sept. 16 at the Tiftarea Campus of Moultrie Technical College.

The Spelling Bee, in which adult teams from local businesses and civic clubs compete, supports the Gazette's "Newspaper in Education" program, a self-supporting, non-profit initiative that provides newspapers in the schools as a teaching tool for students. Teachers use the papers to help students learn real-life lessons involving mathematics, geography, English, history and current events.

"For some of these children, the newspaper they use at school and then take home may be the only reading material they have in their house. As the 'Reading Capital,' we need to do everything we can to encourage recreational reading at a young age," said Gazette Publisher Frank Sayles Jr.

The Executive Spelling Bee is held annually, usually during the spring. It has been rescheduled to the fall this year because of scheduling conflicts.

To support the Newspaper in Education program to provide newspapers to local children, please call Sharon Hill at The Tifton Gazette, 382-4321.

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