UMKC Schools of Law and Education host 6th Annual Spelling Bee

Scholars from the Afrikan Centered Education Collegium Campus to participate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law and School of Education will sponsor “Courtroom to Classroom” – a spelling bee for fourth and fifth-grade scholars from the Afrikan Centered Education Collegium Campus, a contracted school in partnership with the Kansas City, Missouri, School District.

The 6th Annual Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in the E. E. “Tom” Thompson Courtroom in the School of Law, 500 E. 52nd St.

Honorable Shalonn KiKi Curls, Representative 41st District, will be in attendance and will present a State Resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives. Rep. Curls was elected to the House in November 2006.

The spelling bee provides an opportunity for the students to visit a college campus. Each year a $1,000 scholarship awaits 60 scholar participants who ultimately enroll in UMKC’s School of Law. Kansas City Power & Light provides the first-place prize of a desktop computer, with Breman Anderson donating second and third-place prizes of laptop computers. The first class participants are now 9th grade scholars.

The program was the idea of UMKC School of Education alumnus 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.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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