Loudoun United’s Brown to Emcee Not Your Kid’s Bee

Loudoun United’s number one, goalkeeper Calle Brown, will be a special guest emcee at the Loudoun Literacy Council’s Not Your Kid’s Spelling Bee Thursday, Oct. 17 at the National Conference Center.

Brown, a Loudoun County High School graduate, and midfielder Omar Milton Campos were the first-ever players signed to Loudoun United.

The Not Your Kid’s Spelling Bee is the Loudoun Literacy Council’s annual evening of trivia, a “guess the book” round acted by members of the StageCoach Theater Company, and spelling for a great cause.

The evening includes world-class fare from Executive Chef Frank Estremera, along with custom-made treats from The Concheand Chantel’s Bakery.

In addition to a chance to win the coveted Not Your Kids’ Spelling Bee Trophy, every ticket holder has a chance to win a raffle prize, including two orchestra-level tickets to The Kennedy Center to see “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The bee is hosted by Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard and Loudoun Now deputy editor Renss Greene.

To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, go to bit.ly/2uZwnTQ.

The nonprofit Loudoun Literacy Council offers programs including basic English classes, GED preparation, individualized tutoring, financial literacy, health literacy, and job site literacy. The council’s Family Literacy Program serves at-risk children and their families in the community through the federally mandated but unfunded Head Start program in the schools, baby book bundles for low-income new parents, story nights and creative art projects at libraries, and other programs. Loudoun Literacy Council trains and relies on a network of more than 150 volunteers to support those programs.

The council’s evidence-based curriculum meets the demands of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

About 32,000 Loudoun County residents have indicated they speak English “less than well,” about 30 percent of Loudoun County households speak a language other than English at home, and 61 percent of children in low-income households have no books at all. In 2018, Loudoun Literacy Council helped 330 adults get the literacy they need, served 1,600 children and their families, and distributed more than 12,000 books. English language learners are not turned away because of an inability to pay.

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