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2015 Spelling Bee for Literacy.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015. 6-9pm

The Bee is back!

Spelling bee for Literacy

The Literacy Council’s 24th annual Spelling Bee will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Millroom at Asheville Brewing Company located at 66 Asheland Avenue in downtown Asheville. Fifteen teams of three adults each will compete in the most spirited and outrageous word challenge of their lives. This isn’t your average spelling bee. Teams must have both spelling and concentration skills in order to disregard the pandemonium caused by a costumed, cheering audience!

How does it work?

  • Recruit two friends and register your team by calling 828.254.3442 or email brantlee@litcouncil.com. Once you register, you’ll get a team packet that includes event rules, study materials, and fundraising suggestions;
  • Plan your team name and costumes;
  • Study the word list provided;
  • Encourage your own personal cheering squad to come and support your team!

Why participate?

  • It’s fun! Unleash your inner geek and join us for a zany, raucous good time!
  • We’ll provide dinner before the event for all spellers.
  • You can cheat! Teams that raise funds over the entry fee can pilfer another team’s word or purchase clues.
  • The top finishers win generous prizes, but no one walks away empty-handed. Each participating team will receive a prize!
  • Your team could be crowned “Best Spellers in Buncombe County!”

How much does it cost?
Teams contribute a collective $250 to participate and donations support literacy initiatives in Buncombe County! Most of our teams raise this amount (or more) through friends, coworkers, family members, and others. We will provide access to CrowdRise, a fun and easy-to-use fundraising web site. Often the little donations add up to a cheat-worthy stash! We can also offer some pointers on using social media to reach more people who want to support literacy. You have until the day before the event to raise the money.

Let’s get serious for a moment.
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County works to increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors. More than 200 volunteer tutors give over 15,000 hours annually, providing literacy tutoring to over 350 students. We work with both native and non-native English speakers to help improve job prospects, ensure parents can help their children in school, and give students support as they enroll in a GED program. The gift of literacy is truly transformative. Our students gain self-confidence and develop the self-sufficiency to improve their lives as individuals, parents, workers, and citizens. As always, all of the proceeds from the Bee benefit the work of the Literacy Council of Buncombe County.

Eager to compete? We will limit the competition to 15 teams, so be sure to reserve your spot by contacting Brantlee today at 828.254.3442 or brantlee@litcouncil.com.


Volunteer Tutor Orientation and Training Schedule

Download a PDF file showing dates and time for tutor orientation sessions and tutor training classes for Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).   Classes fill up fast.   Schedule your seat today via e-mail to volunteers@litcouncil.com or by calling 828-254-3442, ext 204.  

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