Fun! Laughter, Creativity! Cardboard Challenge! Adult Spelling Bee! Support Literacy!

Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee

 

 

There are a number of ways you can participate or support building literacy in the Foothills.  Literacy can not stand alone.  It is a community responsibility. Check out this website for information on the work Literacy for Life does in in the community:

  1. Enter a team of 3 ADULTS to compete for the title of the “Gratest Spelling Team” for 2017 (event will have a max. of 12 teams and 10 are registered to date).
    • $50 registration fee plus (optional)$100 for mulligans.
    • Collect donations. Use this easy online fundraising tool! Grate prizes for the teams that raise the “Gratest Pledges”: 1st place , 2nd place and 3rd place.
    • (optional) Sell a book of raffle tickets to raise extra funds. Only 1,500 tickets being printed at $10 each. Prize is $3,000 in Air Canada travel cards and an awesome travel goody bag.
    • On event day, your team members should arrive in their “Awesome Costumes”.  Invite family and friends to come and cheer you on! *New* this year is a prize to the Audience Member with the Gratest Costume!

Go to this LINK for more information on the bee and to get your entry forms.

If entering a team isn’t your bag but you still want to help:

    • Sell raffle tickets – email info@litforlife.com or call Stephanie @ 403-652-5090.
    • Purchase a raffle ticket(s) for $10 each – contact the Literacy for Life office at 403-652-5090 or watch for volunteers at various community events – e.g. High River Hospital, and High River Farmer’s Markets to name just a few).  The draw date is December 27th – Grate gifts for Christmas – do your charitable giving with the chance of winning a grate prize.
    • Donate – all funds support literacy programs in the MD of Foothills.  Each team will have an onlinne fundraising page.  Support your favorite team by following this link!
    • Like Literacy for Life’s Facebook page and Instagram, or follow them on Twitter and share posts/tweets about the Bee:
  1. Join us in the Foothills Cardboard Challenge from June to September. Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative. Post a picture of your creation to our Facebook and/or Instagram. On September 30th 2017, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm  come down to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee,  have fun and participate in some creative play. Material will be provided.  We will take pictures and post them to our Instagram and print them to post on our Creativity Board.  You can take your item home and enjoy.  (We are hoping families and schools would get involved over June, the summer and into July) Check out this link to find out more about the Foothills Cardboard Challenge

    Build Community and Creativity – Global Cardboard Challenge

  2. Buy a Bee for Literacy!  June 1st to June 30th you can support literacy in the Foothills by purchasing a bee for only a Toonie at the Okotoks and High River Sobeys and AG Country Mart in Black Diamond. Every little bit helps.

Build Community and Creativity – Foothills Cardboard Challenge and #ShareRocks Project

Join us in the Foothills Cardboard Challenge from June to September. Literacy for Life is challenging families in the Foothills to have fun and get creative.

Post a picture of your creation to our FaceBook and/or Instagram

On September 30th 2017, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm  come down to the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee,  have fun and participate in some creative play. Material will be provided.  We will take pictures and post them to our Instagram and print them to post on our Creativity Board.  You can take your item home and enjoy!

Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.
Amazing creativity and an amazing little boy.

Watch for upcoming information end of August on our new project #ShareRocks – bring your rocks and paint and brushes will be provided.

Why Participate?

The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity! (taken from Imagination Foundation website)

Value of Creativity

What is the Global Cardboard Challenge? Check it out!  Make sure you watch the video “Caines Arcade”

Global Cardboard Challenge

 

Support Literacy – #GGUSBEE Raffle Prize Winner

Winner of the 2015 Raffle – Athenna Ledoux 

Congratulations and have fun with your family on this wonderful trip!
Congratulations and have fun with your family on this wonderful trip!

Her choose was the Orlando Adventure – hotel, flights and  1-day tickets to SeaWorld Orlando and 1-day/1-park tickets to Universal Resort Orlando – For 4

Sea World and more
Sea World and more
Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee
Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee

The Buzz is Out!

Q: Why do bees buzz?
A: Because they can’t whistle!

A big thank you to all the teams that have entered the 2014 Bee!  Please check out the list below of the BEEEautiful businesses who are the Busy Bees of our fundraiser.  They are out buzzing around our communities raising funds for literacy and learning.  The name of the business  has a link to their fund raising honey hive page!  Pick a team and help them BEEcome the team that raises the Gratest Pledges.

Check out our “GRATE”  video created by Richard Williams a 15 year old volunteer.  The Bee happens October 4th at the Wales Theatre and doors open at 12:30 – Bee to start at 1:30.   Limited seating and silver collection at the door.  We may have a few tickets left for our West Jet raffle although they are going fast. We have a Tooney raffle for other grate prizes, an Audience Participation Fund raiser activity and 50/50 which will all help make this a successful fundraiser, supporting literacy and learning in the Foothills.

Click on the Teams name ot take you to their fund raising Honey Hive – fund raising page.

Above and Beyond–  Hair Studio that has been open for five years in downtown High River. A team of five great stylists, offering all of your hair and beauty needs. They are excited to take part in the Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee to support literacy in the Foothills, and raise awareness for a great cause founded in our hometown! They invite you to  visit them at 201-126 4th Ave SW to make a pledge and meet the team!

Business Babes– Comprised of entrepreneurs.  Alison Laycraft decided to attack the world of entrepreneurship after having her children. She owns her own Interior Design company called Decor Diva and is a founding member of a women’s business group called Building Ties-Entrepreneurial Support for Women, both of which have been going strong for over ten years.  Lorraine Boulton is a successful realtor and works for Remax although in reality she works for you.  If you are looking to buy or sell property she is the one for you.  The third member is Catherine Van Gaalen the owner of Highwood Printing, High River. She has been a business owner in town for a number of years and came back from the flood to continue to provide printing service to community members.

Big Rockies– The Spelling  Champions from 2013 are back to defend their title.  This team is comprised of Town Councillors from the Town of Okotoks.

Hearts and Minds – A group of dedicated people that are supporting teachers, families and children impacted by the flood of 2013.  These individuals are working within the schools and the community.

Home Hardware – in High River.  Home Hardware stores are 100% Canadian owned, with 100,000 different items available! Home Hardware Building Centres offer a complete range of both hardware store and building centre products. Lumber, tools, paint, plumbing and electrical supplies and an extensive selection of building materials are available, along with housewares, sporting goods, automotive items and lawn and garden supplies. 170 – 12 Ave SE High River, AB T1V 1E7

Okotoks Western Wheel –The Okotoks Western Wheel is the leading source of information on news and events in the foothills region. The Western Wheel has published every week since 1976. More than 35,000 readers open the pages of The Western Wheel on a weekly basis. Over 80% of the Foothills residents use The Wheel (Combase 2007 National Readership Study)

Scooby Drew and the Mystery Crew – are university students from Calgary representing Crescent Heights Dental Clinic which provides high quality preventative and restorative dental care in a gentle and compassionate manner. All of our dentists, hygienists, assistants and receptionists work together as an integrated team to deliver the most advanced dental care and restorative services available. From general restoration work to dental implants, cosmetic dentistry to sleep dentistry, we strive to provide exactly what you need for your best oral health.

Team Optimum Wellness –High River is committed to serving the High River and Foothills Community.  Generations Chiropractic is now partnered with Optimum Wellness Centres.  Generations Chiropractor is a large organization with 25 other locations and growing with a commitment to one stop health care encompassing patient care and education as well as offering multidisciplinary health care in each clinic. They offer many value added services such as direct billing for third party insurances motor vehicle and worker compensation care. Optimum High River currently offers Chiropractic Care, ART, Massage , Cold Laser therapy & Acupuncture .

Urban Optique Okotoks  provides vision care for the Foothills, South Calgary and surrounding communities. Their optometrists and professional eye care staff are dedicated to quality service and superior products for you and your family.  Their fashion-forward team is here to help clients with any concerns about  vision along with finding the perfect frames to fit your facial structure and your personality  223- 200 Southridge Dr
Okotoks, AB T1S 0B2

Western Witties – Western Mortgage Services is an Accredited Mortgage Brokerage operating as a transaction facilitator in the Western Provinces. They pride themselves on their knowledge of residential mortgages.  Head office is located in High River, Alberta, Canada.  They  are 4 time nominees and finalists in the Canadian Mortgage Professional Awards (CMP) and were also nominated for the BBB Ethics Award, with the most recent National Award of “AMP Mortgage Broker of the Year.”

More buzz about our GRATE Bee-vent

 

Spelling Bee Logo

More buzz about our GRATE BEE-vent

Sandra headshot cmyk sized for print  Sandra Wiebe, Judge

Sandra Wiebe is the sole owner and publisher of Routes magazine, an arts and culture magazine for southern Alberta. She began the magazine almost 5 years ago after completing a bachelor of communications in journalism at Mount Royal University.

As a journalist and lover of the printed word, Sandra is pleased to be supporting this fundraiser for Literacy for Life.

Jessica Patterson  Jessica Patterson, Judge

Jessica Patterson is the editor of Okotoks Living magazine. She has been spelling properly since Grade 4, when she misspelled “area” and lost the class title of “Best Speller.”

Jessica is also an experienced freelance writer, columnist, photographer and proofreader. She has written hundreds of articles on a wide range of subjects and has seen her byline appear in print and online.

She is supporting this fundraiser for literacy because she believes everyone has it in them to be good at spelling. Literacy is one of the most important life skills and a tool of personal empowerment.

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And also…

According to the International Board on Books for Young People, “literacy is born from the human need to tell stories, to tell stories about one self or about others, to tell stories about the world to better understand our existence, the others and the universe we live in. All the stories, the myths, the fables and the novels, including those addressed to children are, in fact, the result of this wish and this basic need: they help us to live, to survive; they help us grow and develop.”

I support Literacy for Life as it strives to further the sharing, reading, and telling, of stories.

Doris Workman photo  Doris Daley, Judge

Doris Daley is a self-described lover of words and makes her living on stages throughout North America as one of the Canada’s leading writers and reciters of western poetry.  Many part time jobs keep her hopping, all related to the written word: proofreading, freelance writing and shifts at the Sheep River Library.

“Literacy is to my life what breathing is to my lungs,” she says. “I’d surely tip over if I couldn’t read.”

Currently on her bedside table is a collection of Australian poetry classics, a cupcake recipe book, Beau Geste by PC Wren, the Bulk Barn coupon flyer, a thesaurus, a rhyming dictionary and the current issue of Horses All.

 Pat Fream  Pat Fream, Time Keeper

Pat Fream is a freelance writer and copy editor for Routes Magazine. When she’s not writing from her sunny hilltop home near Dewinton, Pat is cooking endlessly for her ravenous teenagers, reading splendid books, volunteering at hospice or traversing the countryside on foot with her pal Tucker. Pat has a communications degree and nearly a quarter of a century of writing experience.

Pat is excited to be a part of this fun event for Literacy for Life.

A big thank you to our media sponsors

AM logo 1  Sun logo 1 high river online

Go West Video Productions

How can you help your community win the prize?

You community will be going head to head against groan-ups in your rival community in a Spelling Bee competition that will raise funds to support literacy and learning programs in the Foothills. For the teams that raise the most donations, 2nd place, and third place, a significant prize will be awarded to the local library of their choice.

Each of these 5 teams represents a Municipal Council which includes Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley and the MD of Foothills #31.

Go to your team’s giving page and support your team

  1. Town of High River
  2. Town of Black Diamond
  3. Town of Okotoks – The Big Rockies
  4. Town of Turner Valley
  5. MD of Foothills #31

Want more information contact s.stegmeier@litforlife.com or call Sue Stegmeier at 403- 652-5090.

All proceeds from the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee go to our Literacy Programs

47% of Albertans have difficulty with literacy that interferes in their day to day life. You can help us make a difference.

We rely on fundraising activities, grants and donations to meet the needs of our community. You can help by making a pledge, being a sponsor, setting up a giving page, supporting a team.

Donate now through Canada Helps

Thanks for getting involved with Literacy for Life

Please use the social sharing tools below to share this announcement and get your community buzzing about the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee! Search #GGSpellBee on Twitter and Pinterest.

 

News From the Hive

Spelling Bee Logo

We have some GRATE things happening in the HIVE! 

John Barlow
John Barlow of the Okotoks Western Wheel, Bee-Master of Ceremonies 

Editor and Associate Publisher Okotoks Western Wheel
Married to Louise Barlow, three children (Graeden, Kinley and McKenna)

John is a journalist who has been involved in the publishing industry for more than 20 years. His passion for promoting literacy in our communities is the reason why he is excited to support Literacy for Life and its various programs including the Spelling Bee.

John expressed that it is important that children, teenagers and adults alike have the opportunity to enjoy the drama, adventure and emotions reading can provide. Promoting literacy is an essential key to opening the door to what can be a life-long love of reading.

Darrel Janz 2012
Darrel Janz of CTV, Master Bee Pronouncer

From 1973 – 2012 Darrel anchored the CTV Calgary 6PM News. He now anchors weekends and does a weekly feature entitled “Inspired”.

Darrel supports this event for literacy because to him the ability to read and write is absolutely essential. Writing and reading has been his life and his livelihood. He is grateful that his parents put a great deal of emphasis on reading good books and is sure that his family  were one of the few families in their little farming community in Saskatchewan with subscriptions to Time,  Sports Illustrated and Life Magazines, as well as numerous farm periodicals. When Darrel wasn’t doing chores or playing hockey his nose was always in some kind of reading material.

It paid off, because he had a very satisfying career in broadcast journalism for over half a century.

 Danielle Smith Headshot                                           
Danielle Smith, Honorary Chair for the BEE

Danielle Smith, MLA for Highwood and Leader of the Official Opposition Wildrose Party is the Honourary Chair for Literacy for Life’s 1st Annual Grate groan Up Spelling bee, June 7, 2013.

Danielle’s love for the written word began in high school and she graduated from the University of Calgary with a BA in Economics and a BA in English.  She is a particular fan of classic English novelists like Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and Somerset Maugham.   Robertson Davies is her favourite Canadian novelist and she likes some of Margaret Atwood’s work.

Danielle and her husband David live in High River with their well walked dog Caine and new puppy Colt.

Danielle is thrilled to be the Honourary Chair of the Grate Groan-up Spelling Bee, an event that represents her own passion for words and supports an organization that shares her commitment to lifelong learning as it reaches out and provides literacy and education programs for both young and old.

A big thank you to our media sponsors

AM logo 1  Sun logo 1  high river online

How to BEEcome involved in the BEE

Make a pledge

Be an event sponsor

Set up a giving page to support your Municipal Council and local library. Click on this link Canada Helps and set up a giving page.

Go to your team’s giving page and support your team

  1. Town of High River
  2. Town of Black Diamond        
  3. Town of Okotoks – The Big Rockies
  4. Town of Turner Valley
  5. MD of Foothills #31

Want more information contact s.stegmeier@litforlife.com or call Sue Stegmeier at 403- 652-5090.

All proceeds from the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee go to our Literacy Programs

Who Benefits from the Bee? Children. Families. Our Community.

Literacy for Life Foundation provides literacy programming to all residents of the MD of Foothills No. 31.  From birth to preschool, school-age to adult, families and seniors. They are provided at little to no cost to the learner, family or community agency.

  • Family in-home sessions for healthy learning ideas
  • Group rhyming sessions for infants, parents and seniors
  • Adult lifelong learning workshops and tutoring
  • English Language Learning for families and adults
  • Essential skills and workplace literacy training

47% of Albertans have difficulty with literacy that interferes in their day to day life. You can help us make a difference.

We rely on fundraising activities, grants and donations to meet the needs of our community. You can help by making a pledge, being a sponsor, setting up a giving page, supporting a team.

Donate now through Canada Helps

Thanks for getting involved with Literacy for Life

Please use the social sharing tools below to share this announcement and get your community buzzing about the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee!  Search #GGSpellBee on Twitter and Pinterest.