Creek County Literacy Program Presents its 16th Annual Spelling Bee – It’s Time for You to BEE Back in School!

The Overall Winner of the 2013 Spelling Bee was Sapulpa Daily Herald’s “The Good News Crew”

The Overall Winner of the 2013 Spelling Bee was Sapulpa Daily Herald’s “The Good News Crew”

16th Annual Spelling Bee benefiting Creek County Literacy Program

Sapulpa, OK, January 17, 2014 – It’s time for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – the Creek County Literacy Program’s Annual Spelling Bee, Thursday April 3, 6:30pm at Sapulpa High School Commons. Back for the 16th year, the Spelling Bee will no doubt be another intense, grueling and fun-filled spelling competition.

“It’s Time for you to BEE Back in School” is this year’s theme. How will YOUR team BEE Back in School – dressed as football players, gym teachers, nerds, cheerleaders, librarians, jocks – or the Homecoming Court? However you come, just make sure you aren’t tardy! We are having dinner school cafeteria style – don’t lose your lunch ticket – or worse – get detention!

Enjoy the great dinner, silent auction, door prizes and greatly anticipated Spelling Bee! It’s time to BEE Back in School with all your friends and Creek County Literacy Program!

“Money raised from the Spelling Bee furthers our Mission, which is to encourage, educate and equip aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy,” explained Melissa M. Struttmann, Executive Director of Creek County Literacy Program. “This fundraiser makes up approximately 9% of our annual operating budget.”

Corporate teams of three compete for the coveted traveling trophy while helping lead the fight against illiteracy. Trophies are awarded to the Overall Winner, top Bank, School, Civic & Club, Business and Public Service. Prizes are also awarded for Best Team Name, Best Theme Costumes and Best Spellers at the end of the evening. The cost for a team is $175 which includes open seating and dinner for three, and three exclusive event T-Shirts. Additional sponsor levels are available. Join us as a Bee Keeper – Spectators are invited to show their support for only $35!

The 2013 Overall Winner was Sapulpa Daily Herald’s “The Good News Crew”. The Best Costume Award went to Arvest Bank’s “The Depps”. The Sapulpa Library’s “The Wanna-BEEZZZ” took home the Team Spirit Award. Arvest Bank won in the Bank Division, Sapulpa High School won in the School Division, Sapulpa Public Library won in the Civics & Clubs Division, Sapulpa Daily Herald won in the Businesses Division, and Sapulpa Arts won in the Public Service Division.

Who will prevail this year and take home the top prize? Find out on April 3 as teams compete for bragging rights and win the 2014 Spelling Bee.

17% of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma, and 4% of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a 9th grade education. Statewide, more than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally illiterate. Sponsor information and registration forms are available online at For additional information call 918-224-9647 or email

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