TRUSTED NEWS LEADER FOR COTTONWOOD, CAMP VERDE & THE VERDE VALLEY
Fri, Sept. 20

Geography Bee, Spelling Bee this month at Big Park School

February - the month of sweethearts and valentines, the first indications of spring along with warmer weather are always a great time of year.

The Sedona Kiwanis Club sponsors two events for us every year - a Geography Bee and a Spelling Bee. I bet a lot of you remember these contests from when you were in school, they have been around for years.

Our librarian, Tana Williams, is responsible for organizing the events and does a great job. The winner of the Geography Bee is Andre Schreiber, a 4th grade student of Mrs. Goodman and the winner of the Spelling Bee is

Yeseeiri Guzman, a sixth-grade student of Mrs. Aitken. They were competing against students in grades three through eight so it is a great accomplishment to come in first as a fourth grader or a sixth grader.

I want to remind you that Yavapai College will be holding classes here on the Big Park campus through the OLLI program (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) and that classes start in February.

Last month we had a team of educators from other parts of the state visit our school as part of our accreditation process and they validated the great job that our teachers are doing.

They had great things to say about our students and staff and were also very impressed with the school facilities and grounds. The entire community should be proud of Big Park Community School.

I continue to want Big Park to be an integral member of the Village. So if anyone has any ideas or suggestions on how we can help in the community, please call the office or stop in and talk to me. Have a good month and I'll be back for another article in March.

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