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Community Spelling Bee to Benefit Adult Literacy

by on April 04, 2017 4:00 AM

Spelling enthusiasts will have the chance to show what they know and benefit efforts to combat adult illiteracy at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the 18th Annual Ron & Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee at Foxdale Village in State College.

Proceeds will benefit Mid-State Literacy Council’s adult literacy programs, which work to combat the 12 percent illiteracy rate in Centre and Clearfield counties.

The friendly competition consists of teams of two to three adults who confer with teammates prior to spelling Teams are eliminated after their second misspellings.

The annual event is an important fundraiser for the council, which depends on fundraising after massive state budget cuts in 2011 eliminated all state funding for its programs.

“We have been working hard to recover from the funding loss,” said executive director Amy Wilson. “Fundraisers like the Spelling Bee enable us to continue providing essential education services. With their new skills, adults obtain employment, enter training programs, or enroll in college. Literacy changes lives.”

The nonprofit Mid-State Literacy Council has provided education services to adults in Centre and Clearfield counties since 1971, offering classes and one-on-one tutoring for adults learning reading, writing, math and English as a second language. More than 225 trained volunteer tutors help over 300 adults improve their literacy skills.  

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