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  • Writer's pictureSteve Gamel

An Adult Spelling Bee? Sign Me Up

Updated: Mar 8

Your friendly neighborhood writer and editor at Edit This® is proud to announce that I will compete in the 2nd annual Adult Spelling Bee to benefit Book Drive for Kids.

The popular charity event – slated for 6 p.m. on April 5 at Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound – hauled in $13,900 last year. That included a $3,500 grant from the Elk’s National Foundation. That is huge, as the money raised went toward supporting future free book fairs and other initiatives aimed at getting books into the hearts and homes of needy children. 

The team I was on last year (Highway to Spell) placed third, though we did win the award for most fans. This year, I was recruited to join the defending champs, Spelling Bee Bee K 556.

And we have every intention of winning!

The Real Winners Are the Kids!

The fact that this is a CHARITY event should not get lost in all of the competitive trash-talking that's about to ensue! Kids are the real reason all of us are here, and that's why this event was so successful last year and will continue to be for years to come.

Book Drive for Kids is creating a culture of literacy by providing books to disadvantaged children for independent reading. There is no cost to the kids or their families, just an opportunity to read for pleasure and personal fulfillment. Per its website, Book Drive for Kids has donated 111,812 books to more than 70,000 students since 2017. Their reach extends to places like Austin, Houston, and South Texas, and they achieve this thanks to active volunteers and support, donations, and grants from other entities.

The organization's website pointed to studies that suggest independent readers become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not. Sadly, many families consider purchasing even one or two books a luxury.

Read more about my first-hand take on last year's event by clicking here.

The Adult Spelling Bee on April 5 is another opportunity to raise funds and awareness about this important cause. That is why I will absolutely do this again next year — and the year after that, and the year after that, and so on.

How Can You Get Involved?

While the teams for this year's Adult Spelling Bee are set, you can join in on the fun and give to a great cause by purchasing individual tickets or an entire table at the event.

Sponsorships are also available.

For more information, email

Thank you for reading! And come cheer us on!

STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This®, a writing and editing services company in Denton, TX. He is also the author of Write Like You Mean It: Mastering Your Passion For The Written Word. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice. 

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