Donations needed for local spelling bee

The Arkansas River Education Services Cooperative is seeking community partners to help support this year’s Jefferson County Spelling Bee.

ARESC plans to provide gift bags for students participating in the event and is looking for two types of donations:

• For students in grades kindergarten through third, ARESC needs 100 small items such as pencils, erasers, small toys, etc.

• For older children (fourth through eighth grade), something a little more substantial is needed. One of these students will go on to represent Jefferson County at the state level. For these students (eight maximum), ARESC is asking for gift certificates, savings bonds and nicer gift items.

Details: Bill Shelly at 534-6129.