Adult Spelling Bee 2023

Adult Spelling Bee CCLC

Excited to Announce – the Adult Team Spelling Bee.!!!
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Happy Hour with Games 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Competition Begins – 6:30-10 pm
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bryantown (off of Oliver Shop Rd.)


Can we count on you for your support of the Charles County Literacy Council and adult literacy education in Charles County?


2018 saw our first Adult Spelling Bee with our second Bee in January 2020. (You can visit our website at to see pictures and news of the 2020 Bee.) We are excited to be able to bring it back. 


Why the Bee:  Fundraising is an important avenue of raising funds for an organization.  CCLC is no exception to this need.  Recently we were denied a grant from the National Book Foundation. This grant would have purchased instruction books needed, especially ESOL books.  We received a grant from the Charles County Charitable Trust of $10,000. While grateful for an award, it does represent $2,000 less from last year’s award and $5,000 from the previous years.  And while we have applied for other grants, we, unfortunately, have not been awarded. While CCLC must raise funds to meet our small budget of approximately $38,000, this reduction, loss of the NBF grant and denial of other grants adds to “make-up” of revenue.  Fundraising goal:  $10,000.


What can you do:  Support – we need your support to have a successful Bee fundraising campaign. 

–Bee a Sponsor/Donor. A sponsorship form is attached detailing the different levels and what each level provides and, importantly, what it supports.  2023 SB Sponsorship Form

–Bee a Speller.  Within a sponsorship, form a team. Teams are and make the event.  Gather 3-4 and have a fun night out. How about a challenge?  Challenge another business, school or church.  2023 Team Registration Form
–Bee a Guest.  Come on out and enjoy a fun evening cheering on the teams.  2023 Individual Ticket Form

–Spread the word: Spread the word about the Bee.  Winter Bee Flyer  


AND if you say to yourself, “oh no, I can’t do this. I am not a good speller.” – Spelling Bee Video.


See you at the Bee.  We are looking forward to growing the Adult Spelling Bee and making it a true signature event for CCLC.  With your help we can do this.



Eye-Opening — At a presentation, I was asked, “If they graduated from high school, how can they not read?” While there are many explanations the Literacy Council has heard, here is one, eye-opening explanation directly from a potential adult learner during his initial intake interview. He stated that he grew up in the inner-city DC drug culture, became a dealer and started providing drugs to his teachers. “They knew I couldn’t read well but they kept promoting me to the next grade because I was providing them drugs.” Days before graduation he opted out of graduating since he did not feel that he deserved the diploma.


Another Eye-Opening — It is estimated that 18 to 20 percent of adult Americans are functionally illiterate. (U.S. Adult Literacy Facts published by ProLiteracy) This means they can’t read directions on medications, figure out a bus schedule, fill out an employment application or read to their children.  How about to vote?  We had an adult learner who reached his initial reading goal and then went out and registered to vote for the very first time.  Can they and do they work?  Answer is Yes. One knows their job and what to do, they may have a confidant who reads to them a work order. Adults cope and hide the fact of their low literacy skills.  They fake it!


For 55 years CCLC has been working diligently to train tutors who will then teach essential literacy skills to those who request our assistance.  Our successes are many.  Since opening our doors in 1964, CCLC has provided all its instructional materials for the tutors and students free of charge. We rely on donors, our Literacy Supporters, to help us continue forward in the future of outreach and providing Teacher’s Manuals, Student Workbooks, and supplemental readers at no cost to our tutors and students.

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