Letters to the Editor

June 08, 2009

Thanks to paper for spelling bee sponsorship

To the editor:

I would publicly like to thank The Herald-Mail for sponsoring our county in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This offers a chance of a lifetime that my daughter, Jessica, was able to experience last month. The event spans five days, beginning with a barbecue mixer and ending with a party celebration.

The bee provides each participant with an autograph book that lists, with pictures, all 293 children, judges and staff. Each speller leaves with new friends from across our country, Canada and other nations. Every moment during the week is planned with extreme organization that is second to none. The bee staff is very helpful and makes sure each family knows what is next.

If you have a child that enjoys spelling, please consider following the bee and take a look at its Web site ( for tips on how to get started with studying. Many participants began their journey in the second or third grade. I would hope every middle school in the county would try to create some enthusiasm for its bee. Sadly, some schools chose not to send spellers to this past year's county bee. Please contact your school office or PTA and ask how you can help. It would be great if other organizations consider sponsoring the sixth- and seventh-grade winners and send them to D.C. as well. A child that is able to experience multiple national bees would have a great advantage in bringing the championship to our county. It can be done!


Thank you, Erin Cunningham and Kevin Gilbert, for doing a great job covering the event and allowing Jessica to be the first to blog the event on Twitter. Finally, thank you again, Herald-Mail, for giving back to the community, especially during these trying times across the country for our newspapers.

Mike Swarner

Franklin Science and Technology Fair a success

To the editor:

On behalf of the Franklin Science Council, the organizers of the yearly Franklin Science and Technology Fair, I am writing to give many thanks.

This year was the 27th year for the fair, which provides students in Franklin County in grades kindergarten through 12 an opportunity to present a science project of their own independent research in an area of science or technology.

This fair would not be possible without the many benefactors of time and money. These supporters include businesses, medical practices, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Our Web site ( specifically lists these supporters.

This fair would not be possible without the students who put their research and efforts into fabulous projects.

Parent and teacher support is another essential component to a successful fair. We would like to specifically mention the wonderful hardworking custodial staff at the Chambersburg Area Middle School and the Retired Teachers Association volunteers who run our registration tables each year.

We look forward to the 28th annual fair, which will take place April 30 to May 2, 2010.

Begin your research, students, and we will see you next year!

Mary Ellen Moore
master lead teacher
Franklin Science Council

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