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Corps Member Monday: Merrydale Elementary School Spelling Bee

April 29, 2013

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By: Emma Sullivan, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Merrydale Elementary School

I love spelling. It was the only academic subject that I remember excelling at in Elementary School. When I was in eighth grade, my dad and I saw a documentary about the national spelling bee in theatres, and the summer after my freshman year of college, I had an alphabet-themed spelling bee viewing party. Big spelling bee fan, right here.

I attended a very good school system with an overwhelming number of resources. Yet somehow, I never had the opportunity to participate in a spelling bee. Needless to say, I enthusiastically accepted the task of co-planning a third-through-fifth-grade spelling bee at Merrydale Elementary. The event was a big hit! Many of our focus list students participated, and we had a great parent turnout. We ended the night with a winner in each grade level, and one overall champion.

My starfish – my student who has not only improved in academics and behavior, but who has motivated me to be the very best version of myself and serves as a constant reminder of why I am giving a year to serve – is now the third grade spelling bee champion. When I saw her standing in front of me with a trophy, I realized that City Year has given her an opportunity that I never had. I am honored to have been a part of it.

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