East Texans S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G to support local charity

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Jamey Boyum - email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Crazy costumes and spelling - what do they have in common? The 18th annual Corporate Challenge Spelling Bee! Every year in Tyler the East Texas Literacy Council holds the entertaining fundraiser to help pay the Literacy Council's bills.

But, what exactly does the East Texas Literacy Council do? We talked with a student to find out.

Lavonia Campbell has raised three kids, put two of them through college and now she plans on doing the same. First, though, she has some unfinished business to attend to: the rest of high school. But, since she can't do that she will pass her General Educational Development course - a G.E.D.

"Lavonia is a great example of the students we see here every day all year long," said Nancy Crawford, Executive Director of the East Texas Literacy Council. "This program runs 12 months out of the year and it's all about adults who say they're ready to do something about what they missed earlier in their life."

Campbell missed quite a bit. When she started three years ago she says she was on a fourth or fifth grade level.

"A lot of homework…a lot of studying but this is what's going to make me better," she said. "Now, I'm up there, baby! Ready for T.J.C.!"

"We're helping a large group of people: 2,300 a year," said Crawford. "I just want to make sure Tyler always remembers that."

"If you're going to learn anything out of life it's nothing's free. Nothing. Education is the best way," said Campbell. "Look at me now!"

She has passed three tests and only has two left. Then, it is on to her higher education to eventually become a Registered Nurse. Some are as proud of her as she is of her own kids.

This is just one of thousands of stories of the Literacy Council. You can help them out by attending the Corporate Spelling Bee at Harvey Hall Wednesday, August 11th at 11:30. It is $20.  It is great entertainment and even includes lunch.

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