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MARCH MADNESS PRESS RELEASE

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY PA TEENS TAKE ON MARCH MADNESS WITH A CHARITABLE TWIST

For the second year in a row, the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Montco PA Chapter Teens will organize their award-winning charity basketball fundraiser in Plymouth Meeting.

Plymouth Meeting, PA — Teens of today are extremely busy with part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, maintaining good grades and, let’s not forget about a social life. In the midst of it all, some even manage to donate time to a charitable cause or two. Above and beyond, there are the exceptional few who take it a step further and do great things to make a greater impact on the lives of others.

The teens of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Montco PA Chapter wanted to make an impact on the lives of children. Last year, the teens created a fundraising concept that was outside of the normal teen dance or car wash. They wanted an event that was unique, positive and fun with the goal of raising money for causes that benefit kids. One of the teens came up with the idea of a basketball tournament, then with the support of the other teens “March Madness” was born. The First Annual March Madness Fundraiser went on to raise over $10,000 for charity and won the teen group a Jack and Jill Foundation award for the most money raised award at the Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated National Convention, held in Charlotte, NC last summer.

The 2nd Annual March Madness Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Greater Plymouth Community Center in Plymouth Meeting at 6:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit: the Edward T. Coombs Foundation (Edward was a teen from the Montco chapter who died in an automobile accident), the Lupus Foundation (in memory of Erin Wyche, a former Montco chapter teen who died of Lupus and whose sister and brother are now in the teen group) and More Than Me (a local chapter of a national organization started by one of the Montco teens to help liberate and educate girls in Liberia).

What is important to point out is that the entire March Madness event is conceptualized, organized, promoted and executed by the teens. They are out obtaining sponsorships, selling tickets and encouraging other teens to spend both their time and money on this worthwhile event.

The public is invited to attend and teens are encouraged to participate. Corporate sponsorships and donations are welcome. Additional details can be found at: http://jackandjillmontco.org/march-madness/

About Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated 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 PA Chapter was established in 1984 and currently counts 73 families as members. Shelly Pullian serves as chapter president and Natalie Hodges serves as chapter teen president. http://www.JackandJillMontco.org

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Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated – Montco & New Castle Spelling Bee Participants

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 MONTCO PA

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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For media inquiries, please contact: Karla Trotman at: editor [at] jackandjillmontco.org

March Madness

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Snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Spectators:  $10 in advance; $15 at the door

Players:  $20

Questions:  Colena Kemp colena.johnson@icloud.com

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Players

Please register and sign release form:  Registration and Sponsorship Form
If you prefer to pay by check, send in check with form.  You may also select a teammate at the bottom of this page.  If you prefer PayPal, email form and process payment below.

 

Players and Spectators – ONLINE PAYMENT

Purchase tickets below.  After payment you will be redirected back to this page.

Check in at the door with your name as no ticket will be created after payment.

Players, after payment please fill out teammate form below.

*Note, Paypal Fees are included in each transaction

 

PLAYER REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 

Tickets may be purchased at the door

Jack & Jill Montgomery County, PA – Golden Nuggets Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Mission:

The mission of this activity is to provide our children with an educational experience in a safe and nurturing environment through team competition between peers from the New Castle County and Montgomery County Chapters of Jack and Jill.

Contestants will compete according to grade level.

Contestants will be mentored/coached by the teen group.

This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about teamwork, planning and preparation, competition and public speaking.

 

Date of Event:  February 15th

Time:  2:30pm-4:30pm

Location: The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew; 719 Shipley Street; Wilmington, DE

Deadline to enter:  February 1st (later you enter the shorter time to prepare)

Entry Fee:  $10.00 must be paid by February 1st (If paying online cost is $10.61, includes online fees)

 

Contest Words and Information:

NSB Third Grade Spelling List

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NSB_Fifth_Grade_Spelling_List

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How to Study for a Spelling Bee

 

HOW TO ENTER:

1.  VIA MAIL:  PLEASE SUBMIT REGISTRATION FORM AND ENTRY FEE (Checks written to Jack and Jill of America, Montco Chapter)

Mail to:   Kelly Bethea 256 Towyn Ct; Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002

Registration Form

OR

2.  VIA ONLINE REGISTRATION:


Payment
Child’s Name & Chapter