Adult spelling bees are the BEST.
Last year, the Augustine Literacy Project – Brevard held its first annual Adult Spelling Bee. Y’all, it was the most fun I’ve had in a LONG time. This year’s Bee is Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Lumberyard in Brevard, North Carolina. It’s going to be so much stinking fun.
Let me lay it out for you:
- you get to hang out in our awesome mountain town of Brevard, N.C. Why not make it a weekend? We’re an outdoor mecca and a music-lover’s paradise with awesome restaurants, music venues, access to national and state parks, and more. Play during the day and stay for the BEE!
- if you compete, you get to form a team of fun friends, dress up like crazy people, and spell your tails off
- if you don’t compete, you get to bid at auction, enjoy food and libations, and check out all the awesome costumes. Mostly, you get to see how we roll in this incredible community.
- this is a fundraiser for a special organization which is truly changing lives. The Augustine Literacy Project – Brevard‘s mission is this: “To improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The project trains and supports volunteers who provide free, long-term, 1-1 instruction using the Orton-Gillingham and Wilson Reading System materials.”
I believe reading is necessary and good magic. That it gifts you all the days of your life. I have seen firsthand what these tutors can do. They are lovely, brilliant, compassionate volunteers who are energized with a love of reading and writing. It is no exaggeration to say that they change the lives of the students with whom they work.
If you can’t form a team this year, or attend the Bee, please consider sponsoring a team, or donating at the Augustine Literacy Project – Brevard website.
Last year, my team was HIGHWAY TO SPELL. It was epic. (See the photos.) At the Bee we were rockers. In real life we’re businesswomen, teachers, writers, and more. But you don’t have to be a good speller to join! You just have to want to help, and be ready to have a really, really good time.
Seriously, though. There’s a lot of scary stuff happening in the world right now. But here’s what’s good: this Adult Spelling Bee, in this small town, where folks are doing their best to make sure kids whose lives aren’t the easiest are able to read and write, and to grow. I hope you’ll help!