Not-Your-Kid’s Spelling Bee Raises $17.5K

The highly anticipated Not-Your-Kid’s Spelling Bee, held Oct. 26, raised about $17,500 for the Loudoun Literacy Council.

A team from Janelia Research Center won first place, followed by a team from VW.

​The event’s celebrity judges were Loudoun County Public Libraries Director Chang Liu, Loudoun Chamber CEO Tony Howard, Superintendent of Schools Eric Williams, and Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk. Loudoun Now reporter and the voice of the Morning Minute podcast Renss Greene served as emcee.

Margaret Brown, a member of the Loudoun Literacy Council’s board of directors, said the event drew about 80 people. “And they were smart,” she added. “We threw in a round of words that we required people to spell backward, and they got them all right!”

She said Loudoun Literacy will likely host another “bee with a twist” in 2018. The organization provides free and low-cost language courses, as well as one-on-one tutoring, to individuals and families. Learn more at

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