FORSYTH COUNTY — Literacy Forsyth has begun making preparations for Spell Check Live, its annual adult spelling bee fundraiser.
Now in its 15thyear, the bee is set for Oct. 7 at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.
The event gives residents a chance to form teams and try to out-spell others, with all the proceeds going to Literacy Forsyth programs.
“This is how we raise money to provide for our adult basic education programs, which include adult literacy, GED preparation and English as a second language,” said Annaliza Thomas, executive director of the organization.
For those interested in taking part, there’s still time to register ahead of the deadline Wednesday.
“For teams that want to participate, there is a $400 sponsorship. And if they are a team sponsor, they get to participate in the Bee and their team name is in our program,” Thomas said.
“A lot of times, we’ll have church groups, schools, civic organizations like Rotary Club participate and we’ve always had a lot of support from those parts of the community.”
For an extra $100 each, sponsors can buy a “Team Oops” and “Team Do-Over Card” to use during the event, and there will also be a costume contest among the teams.
General admission is $5. For $20, attendees can get their admission and also enjoy appetizers from Norman’s Landing and drinks at Buzz Before the Bee at 5:30 p.m. The spelling competition starts at 7 p.m.
“It’s an opportunity for the community and for those who are on the team to celebrate adult literacy, and what our organization does for the community, and just to have a good time,” Thomas said.
In addition to its adult education efforts, Literacy Forsyth also offers programs for high school students, tutoring for the U.S. citizenship test and GED scholarships. The organization helped about 1,300 people last year.