36 AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPELLING BEE
Children from grades 3 through 5 participated on spelling teams named after 6 historically black colleges,
in celebration of Black History Month 2015.
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Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated – Montco and New Castle DE Spelling Bee Participants With Their Teen Coaches
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania February 15, 2015 – America’s Oldest African American family organization, Jack and Jill of America, Inc’s local Montgomery County Chapter, held its second annual spelling bee today as part of a Black History Month celebration. The event was held at Oxford Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Stenton and Gowen Avenues in Philadelphia. The event was an ambassador program, hosting the New Castle, Delaware sister chapter. All competing children were in 3rd thru 5th grade and worked on teams named after 6 Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Hampton University, Howard University, Tuskegee University, Wilberforce University, Morehouse College and Spelman College.
Early in the year, each child was paired with a teen member “coach” to mentor and train for the event. “For many of these children, this will be their first time standing on stage competing,” stated parent organizer Kelly Bethea, who initiated the competition within the Montco chapter. “It is a great opportunity for the children to learn about teamwork, planning and preparation, competition and public speaking,” commented Shelly Pullian, Montgomery County Jack and Jill President.
The reason the spelling bee is held during Black History Month is to create a teaching moment, allowing each of us to remember a time where people of color were not permitted to read nor write. In remembering our past, it allows our organization to challenge our youth to succeed beyond the dreams of our ancestors. Before each grade group commenced, historical information about each college was read to an audience of over one hundred people.
About Jack and Jill of America
Jack and Jill of America is an African American organization formed during the Great Depression. It was formed in 1938 by African American mothers with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated are to “create a medium of contact for children, which will stimulate growth and development and provide children constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social programs.” Since 1938, the organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly for all African-American children. http://jackandjillinc.org/
The Montgomery County Chapter was established in 1984 and current counts 73 families as current members. http://www.JackandJillMontco.org
About National Spelling Bee
The nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan and South Korea. The purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
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