Parish Lines: Grownups can test spelling skills at Rotary fundraiser _lowres

Photo provided by St. Bernard Parish public schoolls -- Chalmette High School senior Nayonta Fernandez has received a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship to Notre Dame through the Posse Foundation.

If spelling is your strong suit, you and a couple of your colleagues can vie for best speller bragging rights at the 16th annual Rotary Club of St. Bernard Corporate Spelling Bee set for 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Chalmette High School cafeteria, 1100 E. Judge Perez Drive.

For $300, teams of three people from local businesses, organizations and public offices are invited to participate in a fun competition and help raise money for a worthy cause.

To sign up for the spelling bee, call John Breakfield at (504) 279-1730 or Sean Warner at (504) 330-3790.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be sold, and there will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Door prizes and monetary donations are being sought.

Proceeds will be used to promote community literacy programs and to provide area third-graders with their own dictionaries.

Tales on Tuesdays

Children 3 and older are invited to participate in the St. Bernard Parish Library’s 2014 fall session of Tales on Tuesdays.

The free programs, which will run through May 3, will introduce children to literature through storybooks, poetry, flannel boards, finger plays and participatory activities.

Two sessions of Tales on Tuesdays will be offered: a daytime session at 1 p.m. is geared for younger listeners, and an evening session at 5:30 p.m. is open to children of all ages but targets school-aged children.

The 45-minute programs will take place at the St. Bernard Parish Library’s main branch, 2600 Palmisano Blvd., in Chalmette.

For information, call the library at (504) 279-0448 or visit the library’s website, and its Facebook page.

Senior gets full scholarship

Chalmette High School senior Nayonta Fernandez recently received a four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarship to University of Notre Dame through the Posse Foundation.

Fernandez was awarded the scholarship at a recent ceremony held at the World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen.

Girl Scout cookies

St. Bernard Parish Girl Scouts will accept orders for cookies through March 13.

Cookies are $4 per box upon delivery and are preservative-free and kosher, with zero grams of trans fats per serving.

Cookie varieties include: Thin Mints, Shortbread (formerly known as Trefoils), Thanks-A-Lot, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties (formerly known as Tagalongs), Caramel deLites (formerly known as Samoas) and Peanut Butter Sandwiches (formerly known as Do si Dos).

Gluten-free Trios also are available for $5 per box, while supplies last.

To order cookies, call Tanya Palazzalo, St. Bernard’s service unit administrator, at (504) 343-2934.

Palazzalo said local booth sales will take place Feb. 26-28, March 4-6 and March 11-13 at various locations throughout the parish, including the Chalmette Wal-Mart, Todd’s Technology, Walgreens on Paris Road and Breaux Mart. Booth hours will be Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gethsemane registration

Gethsemane Lutheran Church’s preschool, 2825 Paris Road, in Chalmette is accepting registration for the 2016-17 school year.

The preschool is open to children ages 2-4. Children must be 2 before Sept. 30 to be in the 2-year-old program; 3 before Sept. 30 to be in the 3-year-old program; and 4 before Sept. 30 to be in the prekindergarten 4-year-old program.

School hours are from 9 a.m. to noon.

For information, call Peggy Seago at (504) 279-1917 or (504) 277-4010.

Relay for Life

The 2016 St. Bernard Relay For Life Festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 5 at Val Reiss Sports Complex in Chalmette.

Organizers are looking for teams to participate, and crafts booths are available. For information, contact Deborah Coulon at

A committee meeting will be held Wednesday at Nunez Community College in Chalmette. For time information, contact Kathleen Huff at

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at