It’s Time for You to BEE Back in School

The Creek County Literacy Program presents its 16th annual Spelling Bee on April 3, 2014.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Sapulpa Daily Herald’s “The Good News Crew” was Overall Winner in the 2013 Spelling Bee.

Sapulpa Daily Herald’s “The Good News Crew” was Overall Winner in the 2013 Spelling Bee.

It’s time for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – the Creek County Literacy Program’s annual Spelling Bee, Thursday April 3, 6:30 p.m. at Sapulpa High School Commons. Back for the 16th year, the Spelling Bee will no doubt be another intense, grueling and fun-filled spelling competition.
    “It’s Time for you to BEE Back in School” is this year’s theme. How will your team “bee” back in school – dressed as football players, gym teachers, nerds, cheerleaders, librarians, jocks – or the homecoming court? However you come, just make sure you aren’t tardy! Dinner will be served school cafeteria style – don’t lose your lunch ticket, or worse, get detention.
    Enjoy the great dinner, silent auction, door prizes and greatly anticipated Spelling Bee. It’s time to BEE Back in School with all your friends and Creek County Literacy Program. “Money raised from the Spelling Bee furthers our mission, which is to ­encourage, educate and equip aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy,” explained Melissa M. Struttmann, executive ­director of Creek County Literacy Program. “This fundraiser makes up approximately nine percent of our annual operating budget.”
    Corporate teams of three compete for the coveted ­traveling trophy while ­helping lead the fight against ­illiteracy. Trophies are ­awarded to the overall ­winner, top bank, school, civic and club, business, and public service. Prizes are also awarded for best team name, best theme costumes and best spellers at the end of the evening. The cost for a team is $175, which includes open seating and dinner for three, and three exclusive event T-shirts. Additional sponsor levels are available. Join us as a Bee Keeper – spectators are invited to show their support for only $35.
    The 2013 Overall Winner was Sapulpa Daily Herald’s “The Good News Crew.” The Best Costume Award went to Arvest Bank’s “The Depps.” The Sapulpa Library’s “The ­Wanna-BEEZZZ” took home the Team Spirit Award. Arvest Bank won in the bank ­division, Sapulpa High School won in the school division, Sapulpa Public Library won in the civics and clubs ­division, Sapulpa Daily Herald won in the businesses division, and Sapulpa Arts won in the public service division.
    Who will prevail this year and take home the top prize? Find out on April 3 as teams compete for bragging rights and win the 2014
Spelling Bee.
    Seventeen percent of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma, and four percent of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a 9th grade education. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally ­illiterate. Sponsor ­information and registration forms are ­available online at

For more information, contact

Creek County Literacy Program

(918) 224-9647


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About Author Sheryl Sowell

Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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