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Local volunteer brings back The Literacy Project Spell-A-Bration, May 11

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Linda Osterberg

AVON — Linda Osterberg has owned Mount-N-Frame in Vail for more than 30 years. She started as a part-time picture framer and ended up buying the business. She has practiced yoga for many years and teaches yoga on a part-time basis. In her spare time, Osterberg hikes, skis and bikes. In November, she also became a volunteer with The Literacy Project of Eagle County's one-to-one tutoring program.

"After the last election, I felt a need to get more involved in my community," Osterberg said. "I have studied Spanish on and off for years, so I have a deep appreciation for how challenging it is to learn a second language."

Osterberg meets with her student weekly at the Avon Public Library, tutoring her in English as a second language. As she became more involved with The Literacy Project as a volunteer, Osterberg was curious about how the nonprofit organization received its funding.

"Sloan Munter, The Literacy Project's volunteer coordinator, was telling me about various fundraising efforts," Osterberg said. "Honestly, I was never aware of past Spell-A-Bration events, but thought it sounded like fun and hoped it could successfully be brought back to life."

The Spell-A-Bration adult spelling bee fundraiser experienced a long run from the 1990s to the late 2000s, but the event was a lot of work for the small Literacy Project staff. Osterberg became determined to "bring back the bee," and she has done just that.

The Literacy Project's 2017 "Spell-A-Bration" adult spelling bee fundraiser will take place on Thursday, May 11, at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. All proceeds from the event will benefit the six key literacy education programs offered by The Literacy Project, which include English as a second language classes, one-to-one tutoring and literacy programs for children and teens.

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The rules of the spelling bee are straightforward. Throughout 10 rounds, teams of four spellers will compete to take home the title of Best Speller in Eagle County. Teams with too many misspelled words will have several chances to buy their way back in to the competition. Tony Mauro is the emcee of the event, which will include dinner, drinks and prizes. Team registration is $400, and spectator tickets are available for $35.

Osterberg is excited for a fun night of fierce spelling competition. She is passionate about literacy and is eager to raise funds for The Literacy Project, which offers free programs for Eagle County literacy and language learners of all ages.

"Literacy means being able to negotiate the world," Osterberg said. "Having traveled to other countries where English is not spoken has given me a better understanding of just how important our language skills are and how impactful they are to thrive in society."

If you go …

What: The Spell-A-Bration adult spelling bee, a fundraiser for The Literacy Project of Eagle County.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11.

Where: Eagle-Vail Pavilion, 538 Eagle Drive, Eagle-Vail.

Cost: A team ticket for four adults is $400 and includes dinner, drinks and prizes. Spectator tickets are available for $35 and include dinner, drinks and the chance to root for your favorite speller.

More information: Visit http://www.literacyprojecteaglecounty.org.