To The Daily Sun,

Laconia High School's English Department is partnering with our local "Got Lunch!" program to host its second annual Team Spelling Bee on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The narrative about public education is too often hijacked by polarizing topics. Let's use this event as an opportunity to reclaim that narrative. In Laconia, public school teachers, local business owners, and community leaders work together to ensure the success of our young people. Laconia High School's Team Spelling Bee is just another example of what makes our city so special.

Price of admission is an unopened jar of peanut butter or jelly. This donation will help "Got Lunch!" volunteers feed hungry children during their summer vacations.

And this year, Hannaford Supermarket is matching our donation.

Local business leaders will serve as our official pronouncers, and WEMJ will broadcast the event live.

Forty-eight students have signed up to participate.

Plenty of communities in the Lakes Region host similar academic competitions. And although their students' achievements are comparable to ours, the daily obstacles impeding their students are not. This spelling bee's goal is not simply to celebrate the successes of our young learners but to provide a context for those successes.

Please join us, on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 in the Laconia High School auditorium. Let's reclaim the narrative, and let's continue to serve as a model of collaboration and commitment in our state.

Tate Aldrich, Chair

English Department

Laconia High School

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