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Teams to compete for spelling honors
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Dressed as community eggs, Bee Givers team members, Skip Putnam and John Goode work on a word during last years Spell Check Live! spelling bee. - photo by File photo

Spell Check Live 2010!

•  What: Adult spelling bee, raising funds for Literacy Forsyth
•  When: Doors open 6 p.m. Monday; event starts 6:30 p.m.
•  Where: Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St.
•  Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for students
•  Contact: (770) 876-2011 or

About a dozen local teams will try their hand Monday at spelling words such as obliquity, bibelot and pteryla during Spell Check Live! 2010. 

The seventh annual adult spelling bee, which pits colorfully costumed teams from various Forsyth County businesses and organizations, raises funds for Literacy Forsyth.

The nonprofit organization provides free literacy classes and GED preparation to adults.

Lorraine Stewart, Literacy Forsyth director, said this year’s event will be held for the first time at the Cumming Playhouse.

“We really like the new venue,” she said. “It’s an old fashioned event in an old fashioned venue.”

Also new this year, she said, will be a chance for the audience to get in on the fun along with the teams.

“I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to work, but we will have a chance for the audience to compete for a separate audience prize,” Stewart said.

Regardless of whether they participate in spelling, Stewart said all audience members will have a chance to win various door prizes, including several gift baskets.

Among the teams participating are Forsyth County Schools, Lanier Technical College, Forsyth library system, United Way of Forsyth and several of the county’s Rotary clubs, Stewart said.

Monday’s competition words will include a selection from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the book featured in this year’s library-sponsored community reading initiative.

Last year the bee raised more than $8,000 for Literacy Forsyth. This year, organizers hope to raise $10,000.

Some of the programs supported include: free tutoring for low-level and non-reading adults; free English classes for non-native speakers; free tutoring and materials for adults studying for the GED exam; and teachers at the Adult Learning Center at Lanier Technical College.

Stewart said she hopes families will take advantage of the event and “just make a night of it.”