GREENFIELD — J-I-T-T-E-R-S.
For many participating in the 25th annual spelling bee Tuesday benefiting the Hancock County Adult Literacy Coalition, spelling isn’t the hardest part.
It’s walking with Jell-O legs to the front of the room and spelling into a microphone, dozens of eyes watching.
“I spelled it three times on my way to the microphone, and by the time I got to the microphone, I couldn’t get it out,” said Sara Rummel, who realized her mistake midway through “ravioli,” but it was too late to fix.
While there were plenty of disappointed faces as teams were eliminated one by one, there was even more playful banter in the community tradition that brings businesses and nonprofits together for a cause.
The Hancock County Adult Literacy Coalition raised just over $2,245 at the event to go toward the Peg Strickland Memorial Scholarships for people who graduate from the Hancock County Learning Center with a GED and plan to go on to higher education.
Tom Cone said this was his final year to announce, and he was honored with a slide show after his traditional, playful pep talk before the contest began at the Hancock County Public Library.