Monthly Archives: March 2014

It Takes An “Organized” Community to Sponsor A Spelling Bee

I had the opportunity to serve on the CNAP (Crossings Nashville Action Partnership) committee that was organized to help them sponsor the 2014 Middle Tennessee Regional Spelling Bee.  This was a major undertaking in a short period of time for a relatively small community organization in Antioch, TN. However, as I reflect a week later (the Spelling Bee was held on March 15), I know that with the committed,  “fabulous” group of 30+ volunteers that served on the committee, anything was possible.

As an organizer of people’s homes, time and businesses, it was encouraging to watch and be part of a community organizing effort. Our Committee Chair and President of CNAP, Alma Sanford, is an amazing organizer who had a lot on her plate, but nothing fell off.  Alma presented her vast “to do list” and each member of the group decided what we needed to do.  For 13 weeks, the group came together to plan how we could help make one Middle Tennessee student very happy,  after their hard work to get to the Regional Spelling Bee.

Congratulations to Ben Kulas  (and his family) who will represent Middle Tennessee in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Please go to the CNAP website – – to enjoy the photos from the event and see the fruit of our labor. To find out more about the Scripps Spelling Bee, go to

Thanks to the “caring, committed” community of Antioch, TN and the “education-focused” organization of CNAP,  I have an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! And lots of great new friends!