By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2015
Dick Loftin, senior producer and evening news host for KRMG and Cox Media Group, will serve as this year’s Spelling Bee emcee.
The date is set for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – Creek County Literacy Program’s annual Spelling Bee is Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at Sapulpa High School Commons. Back for the 17th year, the Spelling Bee will no doubt be another crazy, word-churning and fun-filled spelling competition.
What do you want to BEE when you grow up? is 2015’s theme. The Spelling Bee is back at Sapulpa High School, so think along the lines of Career Day. (Our Spelling Bee mascot isn’t sure if he wants to be a firefighter, policeman, teacher or nurse.) Your team may want to come dressed as dentists, chefs, crossing guards, ballerinas or fast food workers. However your team comes, make sure everyone is ready to S-P-E-L-L!
“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 eight percent of our annual operating budget.”
CCLP is excited to announce Dick Loftin, senior producer and evening news host for KRMG and Cox Media Group, 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-70s. 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.
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 ninth grade education. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally illiterate. Creek County Literacy Program’s primary emphasis is youth and adult literacy. 125 struggling first and second grade readers tutor one-on-one with 58 senior citizen volunteers weekly through the Caring Grands program. In 2014, CCLP educated more than 2,400 adults and distributed more than 3,000 free children’s books.
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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.