UMKC Schools of Law and Education host 7th Annual Spelling Bee
Would-be spelling champs took center stage, as the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and School of Education sponsored “Courtroom to Classroom” – a spelling bee for fourth and fifth-grade scholars from the Afrikan Centered Education Collegium Campus (ACECC) on Friday, Feb. 24.
Located at the intersection of Meyer and Prospect, the ACECC is a Contract School operated in cooperation with the Kansas City, Missouri School District and is managed by the Afrikan Centered Education Taskforce Incorporated (ACETI).
The spelling bee provides an opportunity for the students to visit a college campus. Each contestant was presented a medal and rewarded a $1,000 scholarship for the School of Law to be considered for when they begin planning their post-secondary education. Kansas City Power & Light provided the first-place prize of a desktop computer, with Breman Anderson donating second and third-place prizes of laptop computers.
To date, 420 students have participated in the annual spelling bee. The students who participated in the first spelling bee were fourth graders and are now sophomores in high school.
The program was the idea of Breman Anderson and is underwritten by a partnership of the Afrikan Centered Education Task Force I, Kansas City Power & Light Company, UMKC School of Law, UMKC School of Education, UMKC Office of Admissions, UMKC Athletics, UMKC Advancement and area elected officials. This year Cindy Circo, Mayor ProTem, will present a Proclamation for the City of Kansas City.