Residents who want to get their GED will have online access, thanks to the funds raised at the community spelling bee Saturday.
The Rim Country Literacy Program sponsored the event as a fund-raiser and collected about $2,600, director Su Connell said.
"I think it was a little less than what we did the first year and a little better than we did last year. And everyone had fun."
The link to online GED preparatory materials is through a special arrangement with the Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, Connell said.
"We are the first program outside of Maricopa County to be given access. We are guinea pigs."
Participants will be given individualized study programs to help prepare them to take the GED. They will then have access to the preparatory materials online, either through their home computer or computers at the Payson Public Library.
On a regular basis, they will be checking with their program supervisors to keep track of their progress. Once the study portion of the GED program is completed, they will have an opportunity to take the test, supervised by RCLP volunteers.
"We are very proud to be selected to participate in this program. It solves a need for people who work in the community," Connell said.
Money from the spelling bee will also be used to buy children's books, which the program sends home with its students.