Elementary students inspire their classmate to S-O-A-R
Elementary students inspire their classmate to S-O-A-R
Posted on 05/09/2019
Students with creationsStudio photoOakbrook Elementary Eagles are inspiring their friend to soar in a national spelling bee competition.

Oakbrook Students created and wore a “Bas Relief” paper sculpture to help raise funds to support their friend of Ben Edmunds going to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

By definition, Bas Relief is a kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised a few inches from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. The term is French for “low relief.”

Student learners were able to draw, fold, cut and manipulate the media to create the three-dimensional Bas Relief paper sculptures.

Edmunds said he is “excited” to be going to the bee later this month, practicing with his dad and using the program Quizlet to build his skills.

He said the key to becoming a good speller is understanding the word structure and origin of words.

“There are these things called word roots from a bunch of different languages,” he said. “Each language that the word comes from has special ways of spelling stuff. You follow a pattern.”

He said spelling is an important part of school. 

“People who are good spellers do better on Language Arts tests because they know more vocabulary,” he said.