(Originally scheduled for March 24th)


Marist College

3399 North Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Murray Student Center – Nelly Goletti Theatre (#31 on the campus map)



(Originally scheduled for March 24th)

Murray Student Center, Marist College

For the safety of all, the Bee has been postponed.

We look forward to the day when large group gatherings are once again a source of joy and camaraderie (good final round word?), and plan to reschedule when that happy day arrives.

Please check back in late April / early May. The “Bee A Reader” raffle will be postponed as well, so hold onto your raffle tickets until further notice. In the meantime, practice good h-y-g-i-e-n-e and take care. You are important to us, and we hope to see you when the outbreak has passed.

What is the Bee?

The Spelling Bee raises support for literacy programs for adults and reading enrichment for children throughout the community.  You don’t have to be an “ace” speller to be in the Bee – it’s just good fun for a good cause.  Teams get a continental breakfast, a goodie bag, and games and prizes throughout the event.  Questions?  Please email us!



“Bee A Reader” Raffle

Fun with a Purpose!

There are adults in our community who do not read well enough to get a job or to help their children in school. Literacy Connections provides free tutoring for adults by recruiting, training, and 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 these reading programs for adults and families throughout our service area:  Dutchess, Orange, Columbia, and Greene Counties. Our volunteers are helping people obtain a GED, become US Citizens, and 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!