It’s official- and planning is well under way. The Literacy Council’s annual spelling bee, affectionately known in many circles as simply “the Bee,” will move to a Sunday afternoon this year and change locations, as well.  “When this year’s planning committee first met to discuss Bee 2015, we talked about ways to refresh the experience and perhaps attract more families to the event, says Executive Director, Beth Daniels. We decided that it made sense to move the event back to Owens Auditorium on the campus of Sandhills Community College and to make it a winter afternoon week end event so that parents wouldn’t have to worry about keeping their children up on a school night. So far, we have received a lot of positive response to the changes.”

Specific information on the teams that will be competing for the title of “Best Sandhills Spellers” (last year's winners, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, shown above) will be forthcoming in another post, however, Bee Committee Chair, Ellen Airs, has indicated that there will be a mix of returning teams from prior years with several new entries. Then, too, the costumes promise to be as outrageous as ever. There have even been rumors that one team will be in costumes representing various food groups!

Confirmation has been received from Union Pines music guru, Rob Hill, that he will be bringing some of his fine jazz musicians to Owens to prime the crowd for the pre-contest festivities. Rob and his musicians have been crowd favorites in the past, but were unable to attend last year due to a scheduling conflict, so the Lit Council is thrilled to welcome their return.

General admission is $10.00 while children accompanied by adults get in free. Tickets will be available after January 20 at the Literacy Council’s Read Moore Center in downtown Southern Pines or may be purchased at the door on the afternoon of the event. The ever popular Bee Booster reserved seats are available now for $100.00 for two seats, and they may be reserved by sending a check for that amount with Bee Boosters in the memo line to: MCLC – PO Box 1966, Southern Pines, NC 28388.


In November the Literacy Council received an early Christmas present of  a donation of 2,161 children’s books. Our student volunteer, Sierra Hawkins (above center with Emily McMurray, left, and Lacia Core), organized and managed a book drive through the O’Neal School where she is a Senior, and she succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams!

Thanks to  Sierra’s superb effort, we were able to give two books to each of our adult students to share with their children on Christmas Day. It has been a very Merry Christmas

at Moore County Literacy Council this year.

We wish the same to all of you...and a prosperous and Happy New Year, as well.

The Pilot published a nice article on Sierra's book drive. To read the article CLICK HERE.


  • REMINDER: The Read Moore Center will be closed on Monday, Jan 19 for the Martin Luther King holiday.
  • "GOALS WITH GAMES" WORKSHOP ON JAN 22: Kristy Bonk will be offering an in-service workshop on the use of games to meet a student's goals. Jan 22 (3:30-5:00PM) at the Read Moore Center. CLICK HERE for more details.
  • 2015 Tutor Training Classes are now on the website. First up is an Orientation session on Jan 26. CLICK HERE for all the details!
  • TUTORS: We have added a few new educational websites to the Tutor Resources page to provide some new learning resource tools - check it out!


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