Last year, AR Kids Read debuted Spellebration, a local celebrity spelling bee benefitting AR Kids Read's one-on-one tutoring program for central Arkansas k-12 students.
The second annual Spellebration will take place on April 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple. The spelling bee contestants have yet to be announced, but their teams will go head-to-head throughout the evening. Guests will enjoy a light dinner and silent auction before the competition officially begins.
This year, AR Kids Read will honor Jay Chesshir as its Community Leader of the Year during the event. Chesshir has been an integral part of AR Kids Read since the beginning of the nonprofit. Chesshir has also been an accountability partner, ensuring that AR Kids Read not only builds stronger readers but also provides quantitative and qualitative metrics to confirm the impact on students.
Founded in 2012, AR Kids Read’s volunteer-based literacy intervention is designed to provide struggling readers with trained tutors who donate one hour each week during the school year. The mission is to improve the future of Arkansas children and families by advancing literacy education so children can read proficiently by the end of third grade.