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Teams look to cast a spell at literacy bee
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Hall County’s top spellers will try to scrabble their way to victory at the Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy’s 22nd annual “Brain Teasing, Crowd Pleasing, Good Time Romp of a Spelling Bee” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for ages 12 and younger, on sale at the door.

Nine teams return to vie for the trophy: the Brenau Bellas, representing Brenau University; the Beeattitudes, representing First Baptist Church; the Circuit Rider, representing First United Methodist Church; the Rotary Raisers, representing the Gainesville Rotary Club; the Team Godspell, representing Grace Episcopal Church; the Bibliophiles, representing the Hall County Library (sponsored by Lessie Smithgall and Walters Management Co.); the Word Nerds, representing Lanier Technical College; and The Education Club, representing University of North Georgia. Cargill is also an event sponsor, but was unable to field a team.

Gay Hammond will reprise her role as wordsmith. She will conduct an “audience participation” round. The attendee who answers the most correctly will win a $50 gift card from Lakeshore Mall. Entry fee is $5.

Door prizes also will be offered donated from local sponsors.

Funds raised from the event will benefit the Alliance’s efforts to increase adult and family literacy in Hall County. The agency receives no government funds and relies on donations to provide free reading classes at the Adult Learning Center. The programs have served almost 48,000 students, who have earned 4,163 GEDs, most between the ages of 16-24.