by Anne Payne, Staff Writer

The annual spelling bee, the main fundraiser for GOALS (Greater Orange Area Literacy Services), is set for Friday, March 22, 

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Lamar State College-Orange Student Gym.  The theme of the Spelling Bee this year is “Books and Storybook Characters.” Master of Ceremonies will once again be KFDM-TV weather personality Dana Melancon.   Teams of three spellers plus one cheer support person are encouraged to register at the GOALS office, 520 Decatur, Orange 77630, with Rhonda Powell, Director, at 409.886.4311.  Deadline for registration is Friday, March 15.  Non-profits are asked, as well as other organizations, to assemble a team to assist in this non-profit cause.  There is a registration fee required for a spelling team, with all proceeds benefiting GOALS, a 25-year-old local non-profit organization.   A list of all possible spelling bee words is given to each participant when registration paid.  A light lunch is provided, and fun costumes and face paints are welcome!  This is an annual event in the Orange community.  Prizes are also donated to winners by various merchants.  Individuals may attend for a $15 fee, with lunch included. GOALS prides itself on distributing study guides for the GED high school certification, helping increase reading skills, and assisting ESL (English as a Second Language) students prosper in the written/oral understanding of the English language.  The objective of helping individuals with literacy needs is a priority.