Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore awards $6.5K in literacy grants

There are so many ways to spell winners when it comes to the Altrusa International Community Spelling Bee.

Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore recently awarded $6,500 in grants to the following local schools, libraries and other literacy-focused organizations: 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care), Clinton Rosette Middle School, Littlejohn Elementary School, NIU Campus Child Care, Children’s Learning Center, the DeKalb Public Library, the DeKalb County Health Department’s WIC/FIM program, and the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau, all in DeKalb; Flewellin Memorial Library in Shabbona; the Hand-in-Hand Community Project in Kingston; Herman F. Dummer School, Prairie View School, Lynn G. Haskins Elementary School, Woodbury School, and the Sandwich Public Library, all in Sandwich; the Kirkland Public Library; and James R. Wood Elementary and Somonauk Middle schools, both in Somonauk.

The club’s key fundraiser is the Community Spelling Bee, which is co-sponsored by the Daily Chronicle and will be held Oct. 18 in the activity center at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 244 Waterman St., Sycamore. The bee will start at 7 p.m.

To sponsor the event or field a team, contact the spelling committee’s chairwoman, Nancy Heal, at 815-751-5936 or


*Story provided by the Daily Chronicle