Literacy Connections

Spelling Bee 2017

The Spelling BEE is Back! Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

Also note, due to time-sensitivity of the grand prize the Bee a Reader Raffle will be drawn on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Winners will be informed by phone or email. You need not be present to win and, now, have another week to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win two Broadway tickets to Cats and dinner for two at the Marriot Marquee in NYC.


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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.

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.

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.

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!

This Year’s Spelling Bee Info
Download Full Spelling Bee Packet
Click Here to download the Spelling Team Registration Form
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