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Are you ready to spell? The annual Spell-A-Thon is coming in March.

The 29th annual Spell-A-Thon will be held at the Helen Gray Education Center, on the campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. A spelling bee for adults, the Spell-A-Thon benefits the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy, which provides free and confidential one-on-one tutoring to adults in the Morongo Basin.

Teams of three people will listen to the words given them by the pronouncer, write them down, and team members will spell the words aloud in rotation. You don't have to be an amazing speller to have fun and help your team. We will begin with a practice round where misspellings don't count. Your team can be made up of your friends, co-workers, or fellow service club members. Let us know 3 days before the SPELL-A-THON, the names of your team and its members.

  • Sign up of $25 per team (pay in advance or at the door)
  • Pledges per word or a set amount to add to your donation total
  • Prizes to 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and to the two teams with the Most Pledges
  • Information: schedule, pledge sheet, rules, and practice words will be sent to each team
  • Spectators are welcome free of charge
  • Friends, family, and co-workers make a great "cheering section" for your team
  • Drawings for door prizes and refreshments for everyone.

For more information or to sign up your team, call

Or mail to:
PO Box 686. Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

I would like to sign up the following team:

I would like to donate to the following team:

    $ enclosed (Please make checks out to MBCAL)

I would like to donate to support the event (cost of refreshments, prizes, etc.): $

The MBCAL is a not-for-profit 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) corporation #33-0127371.
Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.