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Spelling Bee Program and Sponsors

We’d like to thank our “Bumble Bee” sponsors for supporting the South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and their chosen team at this years spelling bee.

The BuzzBees, sponsored by Elizabeth Hahn
Re/MAX/BeeMaxs, sponsored by Hatten Home Hardware Building Centre
Meridian, sponsored by Meridian Credit Union
So-fish-ticated Ladies, sponsored by Germania Mutual Insurance

See the full program.

You can still show your support by coming out to the 519 Table and Pour in Walkerton tonight, Thursday 22, at 6:30pm, and cheering the teams on (as well as voting for the Best Name or Best Dressed teams).

Youth Literacy Receives Big Boost from Bruce Power, Excellence in Literacy

HANOVER, Ontario (May 30, 2017) – Youth Literacy got a couple of most-welcome shots in the arm this spring, with a major donation from Bruce Power’s Community Investment & Sponsorship and another from the Society of Energy Professionals.

These community-minded organizations have been ongoing supporters of Youth Literacy and their employees have also served as volunteer tutors in the past. The funds will go to volunteer recruitment, public information and awareness events and reaching the families who need these services the most.

Youth Literacy’s own fundraising efforts augment these generous donations. The Rabble Play Scrabble event pits word enthusiasts in the popular board game at Durham’s Garafraxa Café on Sunday, June 11 from 2 – 5 pm. In July, trivia teams match wits at Country Corner’s Trivia Night on Wednesday, July 19th, starting at 7:30 pm. Entries are $10 (trivia), $20 (scrabble), with prizes and glory for 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).

Youth Literacy’s writing competition this year shifts to non-fiction, with an interview/essay competition on the theme “My Childhood Home” for students in Grades 7 – 12. Entrants will interview an older member of the community and capture that information in 500 – 1000 words (depending on grade category). Deadlines for all competitions is January. Cash and prizes will be awarded in both junior and senior categories.

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.

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

Kimm Culkin

Spelling Bee Results

On behalf of the SGB Youth Literacy Council, I’d like to thank everyone who participated and supported our Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee!  Thanks to all of you, and your patience and generosity, we had a great turn-out, beyond all expectations, and, although everyone couldn’t make it through to the end (the winners emerged at 10 pm!), fabulous support from everyone there!

In a hotly contested final, with fierce back-and-forth between the Library Word-Nerds and the Hunny Bunch in an equivalent of double over-time and then a shoot-out – twice – the winners and champions of the Great Grey-Bruce Grown-up Spelling Bee are the Hunny Bunch, edging out the Word-Nerds by 1 word (you had to be there)!  The remaining crowd went wild!!

Thanks to donors MOSAIC, Saugeen Country Honey, Millennia Books, Giddy Goblin, QUILL, Crabby Joe’s and Hanover Community Players for prizes for

Winning Team – Hunny Bunch

Best Costume – AHC Magic Charms

Best Name – Bees Aloud

Most Room for Improvement – the Bee-leavers
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