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19th Annual Spelling Bee benefiting Creek County Literacy Program

(SAPULPA, OK – February 16, 2017) The date is set for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – Creek County Literacy Program’s Annual Spelling Bee is Thursday April 13, 6pm at Sapulpa High School Commons. Back for the 19th year, the Spelling Bee will no doubt be another crazy, word-churning and fun-filled spelling competition.

BEE a Nerd is 2017’s theme. Geek is the new chic and we are celebrating all things nerdy. Embrace your inner geek and nerd up. Pull out the bow ties, high water pants and tape your glasses.  Some of your team members may already be suited up, be everyone will need a fresh pocket protector! Getregistered today—it’s time to study up and sharpen your spelling skills for the 19th Annual Spelling Bee!

“Funds raised from the Bee furthers our Mission, which is help every child and adult in Creek County to read through tutoring, technology and health literacy outreaches,” explained Melissa Struttmann, Executive Director of Creek County Literacy Program. “This fundraiser makes up 8% of our annual operating budget.”

CCLP is excited to announce Dick Loftin, Senior Producer and Evening News Host for KRMG and Cox Media Group, is returning 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-70’s. 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 will be available online at creekliteracy.org. For additional information, call 918-224-9647 or email info@creekliteracy.org.

Seventeen percent of adults in Creek County 18 to 24 years old do not have a high school diploma. Eleven percent of adults in Creek County 25 years of age and older do not have a high school diploma. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults – twelve percent – are functionally illiterate.