Spelling bee donations at nearly $2,300

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The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District has received nearly $2,300 from community members and area businesses to help cover the cost of this year's Scripps Spelling Bee.

The spelling bee is held annually for students in fourth through eighth grade. Approximately 100 students will advance to the district spelling bee, which is usually held in January at the District Administrative Center. The top performers then advance to the regional spelling bee.

It costs $120 for each school to participate in the spelling bee. The District will apply any remaining funds to help cover the cost in 2014-15, Community Relations Specialist Perry Hibner said.

The largest contribution was $960 from Adam Information Technologies LLC. The James Helmuth Memorial Trust Fund contributed $500.

"What an amazing gift on behalf of an amazing young man,'' said Amy Weber, who helps coordinate the spelling bee for the District. "We are so grateful.''

The fund was established last spring after James, who was a fifth-grader at Elm Lawn, passed away.  The fund also provided scholarships for two MCPASD students to play in the Middleton Youth Football program this season.

"I love to share the gifts of our family and friends through James' memorial fund,'' said Lisa Helmuth, James' mother. "It is a wonderful, everlasting way to share our love and gratitude.''

Other community members who have contributed this year are: Jonathan and Adrienne Ehrhardt, Matthew Squire and Diane Head, Sarah and Thomas Coyne, Randy and Kari Eggert, Paul and Carla Mondi, Robert and Kristine Burck, Steven and Connie White, Hebba Mahmoud, and Michael Williams and Beth Olson. An anonymous donor also contributed $120.

"We want to thank everyone for their generous contributions,'' Hibner said. "Our students are very lucky to have so many caring people in our community.''

Each contributor also will be recognized in the spelling bee program. If you are still interested in donating, or you know a business that would be willing to donate, please send a check (written out to MCPASD Education Foundation, memo line - Spelling Bee) to: Perry Hibner, District Administrative Center, 7106 South Ave., Middleton, WI 53562.