As part of their commitment to the local community, Alexander’s and Cedar Fort Publishing have stepped forward to sponsor the Utah Valley Spelling Bee on March 2, 2013. The event has been sponsored by the Daily Herald for the past dozen years.
“We’re strong supporters of education,” said Alexander’s Vice President of Operations, Doyle Mortimer. “When we heard there might not be a Utah Valley Spelling Bee, we volunteered to present the event. After all, spelling is the foundation of our language and as a print and marketing company employing a local team of more than 60, we recognize the crucial role spelling plays in everything we do.”
Already more than 40 elementary and junior high schools in Utah County and surrounding counties have signed-up for the 2013 Utah Valley Spelling Bee.
Since Alexander’s and Cedar Fort Publishing agreed to sponsor the event, Utah Valley University has also come forward to provide a venue for the spring spelling bee. All three sponsors will cover the cost of the Utah Valley Spelling Bee winner and parent or guardian to travel to the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. the week of May 26, 2013.
“The written word is still crucial despite the rise of digital tools people use to text or type in abbreviated language,” said Lyle Mortimer, publisher at Cedar Fort Publishing, a Springville company that also employees nearly 60 people. “We didn’t want to see the local spelling bee go away and wanted to lend our support to spelling education and the local community.” He added that since Cedar Fort is a major Utah publisher, teaming with the multi-channel print and marketing company, Alexander’s, was a natural fit.
Eligibility and other spelling bee information, including a list of schools participating in the 2013 Utah Valley Spelling Bee, are available on the Scripps National Spelling Bee website at SpellingBee.com.