The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy's major fund raiser for the year is the Spell-A-Thon, usually held the second or third Saturday in March. Teams of three adults sign up to compete for bragging rights as the best spellers in the Basin. Sign up is $25 per team, and team members collect pledges to compete for prizes for Most Pledges.
A pronouncer says each word and uses it in a sentence. All team members write the words down, and one spells the word aloud. After a practice round where mistakes are allowed, a wrong spelling puts the team out. Two judges will determine any questions. Spectators are welcome, and there are many drawing prizes for everyone in addition to the team prizes.
The Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms now sponsors the Spell-A-Thon. As teams sign up they will receive a schedule of the day, a pledge sheet to write down pledges as collected, rules for the contest, and a list of practice words commonly misspelled.
Checks should be made payable to MBCAL or donations may be made via our website.
The MBCAL is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization, so donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Money from the Spell-A-Thon goes to support the Adult Literacy program with books and materials. The MBCAL offers one-on-one tutoring, tutoring in the English as a Second Language class at Copper Mountain College, and financial aid to adult learners twice a year.
To sign up your team, call .