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4th Annual South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council Spelling Bee, Feb 23rd

Youth Literacy’s fourth annual Great Grey-Bruce Spelling Bee for Adult Teams is slated for Thursday, February 23rd, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub, 365 10 th  St in Hanover (snow date Thursday, March 2nd, same time and location).

This is one of our major fundraising events for the year, and allows us to benefit children and youth who use our services while  protecting their privacy.

We have had entrants from our supporters, youth- and other service-oriented agencies and organizations, politicians, libraries and their supporters, businesses, volunteers, funding organizations and other public-spirited – and competitive! – groups.

This year, there will be prizes for best spellers, best team name, best team costume, Audience Choice (Spirit Award), and Most Room for Improvement!

How to Enter

Entry forms are available online (pdf)  or by calling 519.364.0008.

Entry is $25 for team members.  Teams are encouraged to enlist at least 3, and preferably 4, team members.

Teams that register before January 31st get an additional Re-buzz!

Stage Shy? Sponsor Some Spellers!

Team sponsorships, from Busy Bee to Honey Bee, are available for individuals and businesses.  This gives the sponsored team a competitive advantage: they get at least one coupon to get out of trouble, called Stress Bee-lief, among other perqs.  Stress Bee-lief categories include Re-buzzes, where teams buy their way back in after potential elimination; Buzz-offs, to discard a word and take a pass; Honey Dip, which allows a team to draw one word in lieu of another, or Stingers, which allow teams to send their stinky word to an opposing team.

Spectators Welcome!

Those who join the fun at Frankie’s on February 23rd  to cheer on the teams can also vote for best team name or costume – at a toonie a vote, ballot box stuffing is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!  Supporters can also help teams buy their way back in after elimination by buying a Stress Bee-lief coupon on the team’s behalf.

Every dollar counts towards helping kids and youth, with a focus on fun. Participants will receive great prizes and major bragging rights, but more importantly, they’ll be raising money for an excellent cause.   For more information, please visit the Youth Literacy website, or Youth Literacy’s Facebook page, or contact Youth Literacy at 519.364.0008.

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 Snow date: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Location: Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub

365 10 th St, Hanover 519-364- 0711

$25 per team member

Entry Form:


Youth Literacy Offers Drama Workshops, Tutoring and Help for Families

SGBYLC_Logo_250x250HANOVER, Ontario (August 22, 2016) – Youth Literacy’s gearing up for a new year of support for area children and youth.

Performance artist Jenny Parsons will again serve as field co-ordinator for the drama workshop program called Literacy on its Feet – Drama, originally funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Jenny, whose background includes strong ties with Toronto’s Second City and an impressive history in local performing and visual arts, works with youth literacy staff and both adult and teen volunteers to deliver the eight-session series for children and youth. Classes begin September 19th at JEST Arts Studio, 148-1 Garafraxa St in Durham. Pre-registration required through the Youth Literacy office in Hanover or online at

But that’s not all. Since 1989, Youth Literacy has matched screened, trained tutors for one-on-one sessions with students 6-18 who are struggling with literacy skills – reading, writing and math – and those match-ups continue again this year. There’s also a resource centre, which offers books, games, puzzles and learning aids free of charge to anyone in the South Grey Bruce area (with users from as far north as Owen Sound). The Head, Heart & Hands conference, featuring experts in education, child development and the arts, is part of Youth Literacy’s special events programming, and has been moved to October 15th to accommodate the many requests of those who had conflicting summer plans.

Youth Literacy’s writing competition this year is open to Grades 4 to 6 in both English and French. The theme is “Silence”, which is also the theme for the bookmark competition, with both junior and senior categories. New this year is a non-fiction essay competition for juniors (Grades 7-8) and seniors (Grades 9-12) on the theme of “My Childhood Home”, which requires students to interview an older member of the community and capture that information in 500 – 1000 words (depending on grade category). Deadlines for all competitions is October 28th. Cash and book prizes will be awarded in each category.

The winners of the competitions will be announced at the Words Aloud Family Program, on Saturday November 12 at the Royal Jubilee Hall in Walkerton. The production is The Silent B and will feature participants and leaders of Youth Literacy’s drama program – so, full circle…

All to reach the many children and youth in the area who are struggling with literacy skills or who want a chance to demonstrate the benefits of literacy.

Interested in attending or volunteering? Call SGB Youth Literacy 519-364-0008 or email for more information.

Kimm Culkin

Head, Heart & Hands Workshop ***Postponed***


We regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Head, Heart & Hands Workshop is being POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.

A day of workshops, presentations and panel discussions for parents, teachers, mentors, coaches and other adult allies to help a child (or children) you care about have a joyful and successful year ahead.


topics, presenters subject to change

Opening Remarks:
Rockets from a Box: Learning Through Play, Pierre Harrison, PLAYLearnThink
Session A (10 – 10:45): choose from…
Shaping the Mind for Learning: Using the Creative Impulse Lise Gunby, Edge Hill School
Tutor Talk: hints panel – Youth Literacy tutors
The Importance of Play Pierre Harrison, PLAYLearnThink
Session B (11 – 11:45): choose from…
Invincible Mama:
Helping Children Who Learn Differently
Susan Schenk, OT/author/advocate
Arts at Home: wet-on-wet painting Jennifer Clark, artist
20 Tips to Support a Child’s Reading Kimm Culkin, Youth Literacy
Lunch Remarks:
Organizing for School, Roberta Hirst, Arete Academics
Session C (1:30 – 2:15): choose from…
You Are Your Child’s Champion Roberta Hirst, advocate
Rhythm of Learning: Drumming Tanya Coulter, educator
Drama Techniques to Build Literacy Jenny Parsons, performance artist

Download Schedule as a PDF

Saturday, 15th October 2016 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

JEST Arts – 148-1 Garafraxa Street North, Durham, ON N0G 1R0

The Spelling Bee is ON!

Current reports show visibility is good but roads are slushy in some areas- so the Spelling Bee is on for tonight!

In brief:

Frankie’s Restaurant & Pub at 365 10th Street in Hanover, on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

The BEE begins at 6:30 – if you want dinner, please plan on arriving earlier. Spectators welcome!

Or get more details.

A big thanks to a great group of supporters!! These sponsors each gave a team (or two!) a leg up for the spelling competition…

Bumblebee Sponsors
Elizabeth Hahn
Germania Mutual Insurance
Hatten Home Hardware Building Centre, Chesley
Wayne Schwartz Construction Ltd. (Miller Group)

Spelling Bee Sponsorships for Early Bees

Just two weeks to the 3rd Annual Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee. Adults teams of 3-4 put their heads together to spell wonderful words – and raise funds for Youth Literacy – in a night of fun and friendly (?) competition!

And this year, the early bees can get the worm… so to speak. There are several sponsorships from local businesses like Wayne Schwartz Construction Ltd. and Hatten Building Centre (thanks, all!) that are available to teams who register early!

Get your entry in to or 467 10th St, Ste 303, Hanover, for a chance to get a sponsorship, which includes a Buzz-off or Re-Buzz for your team! Unsponsored teams shell out $25 or even $50 for these little buzzers!