Mid-State Literacy Council and PSECU announce details of 19th annual Community Spelling Bee, encourage participation

HARRISBURG, PA (April 2, 2018) — The Mid-State Literacy Council will hold its 19th annual Ron & Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at the Foxdale Village Auditorium in State College, PA. Along with sponsor PSECU, Pennsylvania’s largest credit union, the Literacy Council invites the community to participate in the event or attend for viewing pleasure. Proceeds from the event benefit The Mid-State Literacy Council’s adult literacy programming.

“Involvement in the Community Spelling Bee directly funds the free and low-cost tutoring programs and classes that we provide to adults learning literacy and English language skills,” said Mid-State Literacy Council Executive Director Amy Wilson. “The Bee is also a great way for people to connect on a common interest and to support their local community. It’s an evening of fun for our participants and around 250 audience members – everyone loves watching the competition for first place!”

During the Community Spelling Bee, adults in teams of two or three from around the Central Pennsylvania Region compete to be named champions based on their spelling ability. In each round, teams are prompted with a word and given one minute to spell it using paper and pencil. After misspelling two words incorrectly, a team is disqualified. Rounds continue until only one winning team remains.

For the third consecutive year, PSECU is serving as a Beekeeper Sponsor of the Community Spelling Bee, providing $2,500 in financial support.

“At PSECU, we are committed to providing outstanding services to our members and our potential members on a daily basis. These efforts relate not only to our high-quality products and services, but also to our involvement in the communities we serve,” explained PSECU President Greg Smith. “Events like the Ron & Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee are an opportunity for people to learn and to raise our collective understanding, and they are fun, too. It’s a win-win initiative for all involved, and we are proud to sponsor it again this year.”

Individuals interested in spelling, sponsoring, or volunteering are encouraged to submit their information at Spectators are also welcome.


Opened in 1934, PSECU was founded by 22 ordinary people who pooled $90 and made an extraordinary commitment to each other: To create a financial institution where collective resources benefit all members. Today, PSECU continues that legacy as Pennsylvania’s largest credit union, with $8 billion in assets, more than 575,000 members, and a convenient anytime, anywhere digital-first banking model. For more information about PSECU, visit PSECU has been recognized as a Best-In-State Credit Union by Forbes, a Best Credit Union by GOBankingRates, and one of America’s Best Banks by Newsweek. View its Year In Review to learn how PSECU contributes to the greater good.

About The Mid-State Literacy Council

The Mid-State Literacy Council is a non-profit group providing adult education instruction in Centre and Clearfield Counties. The Council offers basic literacy, English as a Second Language, and family literacy services to adults who are in need of the basic communication skills needed to navigate through their day-to-day activities. Visit to learn more.


Kate Moyer
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