The 20th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee

Tickets are still available – don’t miss out!


Thank you to our current sponsors:

Queen Bee Presenting Sponsor
State Street

Honey Bee Benefactor
American Century Investments
Black & Veatch
Boots Leiter-Churchill
Chris & Holly Combest

Carpenter Bee Team Sponsor
Andrews McMeel Universal
Boulevard Brewing Co. & Kansas City Public Library
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Euronet Worldwide
The Kansas City Star
The Kauffman Foundation
Midland Loan Services – PNC
Multi-Service Corporation
Nordstrom – Oak Park Mall
Research & Training Associates
Rotary Club 13

Bee Hive Patrons
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City, City of KCMO – Human Rights Commission
Daren & Julee Fox, Gallagher Metzler Insurance, Dr. Marilou Joyner
Mark & Lynne O’Connell, Warden Grier

Worker Bee Patrons
Spenser Becker, Barb Funk, Louisa Raich Grill, Ed Nickel, Duvel Pierre, Mark A. Schweizer

Click here for the latest details about how YOU can be a part of the Bee!

Click here to sign up your team online today, become a sponsor, or purchase tickets!

NEW - Get ready for the Bee by studying our Practice Spelling List!

SPELLIGANS – Teams, be sure to purchase your Spelligans prior to the Bee! Teams may use one Spelligan per round to buy their way out of a word they don’t want to spell. They will be given a new word once they use a Spelligan! Contact us to purchase. $50 each, 1 per team. All proceeds go toward Literacy Kansas City’s programs and services.

NOTE: The Literacy Kansas City office will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 and at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 for Bee-related preparations. Please reschedule any meetings in the office during those times.

10% for KC – Boulevard Brewing Co.

Thanks for voting!

Thank you all for buying KC Pils and voting for us! Congratulations to Social Heart for winning the voting competition and Historic Green who will also receive a portion of the funds. Read the full press release about the program from Boulevard here.

Become a Literacy Champion!

The Literacy Champions are a group of supporters acting as investors and advocates of Literacy Kansas City. Their mission is to help meet the increased demand for literacy services in our community through advocacy, awareness, and fundraising efforts. All funds raised will directly benefit our literacy programs and services.

Membership levels range from $25 – $250 annually. Literacy Champions enjoy exclusive member benefits, such as:

  • Invitations to social gatherings and author events
  • Special recognition in annual report, personalized bookplate in tutoring book, and/or named on new Little Free Library
  • Receive Literacy Champions newsletter
  • Unique gift from Hang Ups in KC
  • … and more!
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Mark Your Calendar!

Rainy Day Books

Literacy Kansas City is partnering with Rainy Day Books to promote literacy at select upcoming author events. All upcoming events will be listed on the menu on the right side of our homepage. If you are interested in volunteering at one of these events, please contact us at (816) 333-9332.

For more information on Rainy Day Books, visit www.rainydaybooks.com

Shop the Literacy Kansas City Jewelry Collection from Hang Ups in KC!

Hang Ups in KC

Exciting news! Literacy Kansas City has partnered with Hang Ups in KC to help spread the word about the need for literacy in our community. Hang Ups — a maker of handmade jewelry, ornaments, cards & gifts — has created a line of jewelry just for us. The Literacy Kansas City Collection features necklaces, bracelets and earrings — using vintage and repurposed items — that celebrate the joy of reading with inspirational words and quotes. A portion of every sale from this exclusive line of jewelry will go to Literacy Kansas City.

Kristi and Carolyn,  the brains behind Hang Ups, are passionate about literacy. Both love to read and believe that everyone should have the same opportunity. Their designs reflect their enthusiasm and love for reading, and we  couldn’t be happier with the results!

We are thrilled to be working with these two women who share our vision of literacy for all. ‘Like’ our Facebook page to receive updates and share this exciting news with your friends and family. And visit Hang Ups in KC now to start shopping — the jewelry comes just in time for the holidays. Give the gift of literacy!

You can make a difference!

Thank you for your interest in Literacy Kansas City.  We need your help!  Would you like to become a literacy tutor?  Would you like to make a donation?  Or are you simply looking for information about the organization?  Everything you need is right here!

Students are waiting for YOU!

Tutor training workshops are scheduled regularly throughout the year – see the side bar to the left of the page for upcoming dates and times.  We currently have a waiting list for students who have met requirements to be assigned a tutor – these students are standing by, waiting to begin their journey toward becoming better readers and they need your help!

Ready to get started?  Complete the volunteer application and Literacy Kansas City’s Volunteer Manager will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the next steps in becoming involved with Literacy Kansas City.  Volunteers are the heart and soul of this organization – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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