WHAT IS THE BEE?
The Community Spelling BEE is a signature event held each year in March in Dutchess County. It is supported by more than 60 businesses & organizations, and it is designed to bring people together to have fun for a good cause. The BEE directly supports literacy services for adults & children in our community. All spellers and sponsors are invited to join us for breakfast.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Teams of 2 come together and spell. We use Official Spelling Bee Words and Rules, but we have fun while doing it. No teams are eliminated in the regular rounds; scores are kept. The teams with the highest scores go to the final round. We have prizes and special awards. The event will run from 8:45 AM until Noon, and will include a welcoming coffee/tea and continental breakfast.
WHERE DO SPELLERS COME FROM?
Spellers come from the community. Sponsors can send their own teams or we will find a team to represent the sponsor. Teams are comprised of high school, college students, and adults. Throughout the event every time a team spells, the Sponsor name is announced, and is shown on a custom-made sign that the Team holds up as they spell.
There are adults in our community who do not read well enough to get a job, or help their children in school. Literacy Connections provides free tutoring for adults by recruiting, training & supporting volunteers. Our programs include individual and group tutoring, family literacy, and reading enrichment for children – all provided free of charge.
FUN WITH A PURPOSE
The Annual Community Spelling Bee supports reading programs for adults and families throughout Dutchess County. Our services are helping people to obtain a GED, become US Citizens, and to get better jobs. They are reading to their children, and helping them become better students. Success in literacy truly changes lives—we see this every day!