By: Melissa Struttman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016
Dick Loftin, senior producer and evening news host with KRMG and Cox Media Group, will serve as emcee for the 18th Annual Creek County Spelling Bee.
The date is set for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – Creek County Literacy Program’s Annual Spelling Bee is Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. at Sapulpa High School Commons. Back for the 18th year, the Spelling Bee will no doubt be another crazy, word-churning and fun-filled spelling competition.
BEE Back at Prom is 2016’s theme. From which High School Prom decade will YOUR team come dressed? Do your team members fancy the 1920’s Gatsby-era? How about the 1930’s Hollywood-style, or the 1940’s Classic decade? The 1950’s began Vintage and ended Sock-Hop, and the 1960’s had its share of Bouffant and Retro styles. Do your team members like the 1970’s Funky or the 1980’s Poptastic looks? Get registered today—it’s time to glam up and sharpen your spelling skills for the 18th Annual Spelling Bee!
“Funds raised from the Bee furthers our Mission, which is to encourage, educate and equip aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy,” explained Melissa Struttmann, Executive Director of Creek County Literacy Program. “This fundraiser makes up 7% of our annual operating budget.”
CCLP is excited to announce Dick Loftin, Senior Producer and Evening News Host for KRMG and Cox Media Group, is returning as this year’s emcee. Tulsans enjoy his two-hour Evening News of the top stories of the day.
“This is the highlight of a very long career in radio. I have many decades in Tulsa radio and have worked for Tulsa’s greatest radio stations, but being the Host of The KRMG Evening News is a career milestone. You can’t be in Tulsa radio without being aware of what KRMG brings to the table,” shares Loftin.
Dick’s interest in radio began at age eight after hearing his brother on a radio station in Muskogee. Dick has worked in Tulsa radio since the mid-70’s. An avid reader and book collector, his reading interests include biography and history. Dick’s favorite author is historian David McCullough.
“Put me around a bunch of ‘book people’ and I feel right at home,” says Dick.
Sponsor information and registration forms are available online at creekliteracy.org. For additional information, call 918-224-9647 or email
Seventeen percent of adults in Creek County 18 to 24 years old do not have a high school diploma. Eleven percent of adults in Creek County 25 years of age and older do not have a high school diploma. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults – twelve percent – are functionally illiterate.
Creek County Literacy Program’s primary emphasis is youth and adult literacy. Struggling first and second grade readers tutor one-on-one with senior citizen volunteers weekly through the Caring Grands Reading Program. Last year, CCLP educated more than 2,400 adults and distributed more than 3,000 free children’s books.
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