EDITORIAL: Another way to spell success: R-E-A-D

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Whatever someone's ambitions in life, achieving them starts with a fundamental life skill — reading.  

Study after study has established the link between early literacy, achievement in school and, ultimately, success as an adult. 

We know that the stepping stones of reading begin at an early age, at home, with parents who read to and read with their children. So what better way is there to start a newborn's life than with a book of their own?

That's just what the Delta Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is accomplishing by providing a copy of the children's classic "Goodnight Moon" to each new child born at Central Carolina Hospital.

The chapter is able to accomplish this thanks to a clever fundraiser, the Beginning Life With Books Spelling Bee.

The adult spelling bee is a fun time for participating teams, with one group reaching the pinnacle of success. This year, the Central Carolina Community College Cougars team won the title, joining a list of previous winners including Moen Inc., The Sanford Herald, Wyeth, Sanford Blockers, Jonesboro Rotary, Trinity Lutheran and Willing Hands.

Teams participating this year also included C.K.'s Buzz Words, Central Carolina Hospital Spell Binders, Central Carolina Hospital's Ms. Spellers, DEC-4s, Duke Energy, First Baptist Church, First Calvary Baptist Church, Jonesboro Presbyterian Church Fellowship Class, Jonesboro Rotary Club, Jonesboro UMC Men Jerry's Jesters, Jonesboro UMC Women Buzzing Bees, Kiwanis Club of Lee County, Lee County High School Quiz Team, Lee County PAGE, Lee County Retired School Personnel, Lee Early College Quiz Team, The Linguistics, Lucas Family, Pfizer #1 Gud Spelarz, Pfizer #2, Private John Grady Chapter of DAR, Southern Lee High School Quiz Team, St. Luke UMC Biddle Class Buddies, Tramway School Queen Bees #1 and #2 and #3 and #4, Trinity Lutheran Church Reformers, Valley Road Neighbors, West Lee Middle School Queen Bees and Willing Hands.

This Spelling Bee is a prime example of an enjoyable, entertaining gathering that rallies the community for an important purpose. Many longtime contestants look forward to the bee every year — the fellowship, the laughter, and even the dreaded popping of balloons.

Sure, friendly competition is the order of the evening, but everyone in the room is spelling for the same worthy cause.

Congratulations to all of the participants for their fine showing — and especially to the Delta Rho Chapter on a job well done.

The true winners are the newborns, who will receive "Goodnight Moon" to celebrate their birth and begin their road to reading.