Press Release

UU Partners with the Champaign County Children’s Literacy Foundation to Host Adult Spelling Bee


Sherry Mercurio
Director of Communications and Public Relations
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Urbana, OH (May 16, 2018)

School may be out for the summer but it’s time to dust off your dictionary and get ready for the Champaign County Children’s Literacy Foundation’s Adult Spelling Bee!

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University is proud to collaborate with the Champaign County Children’s Literacy Foundation to host the inaugural event in which teams of businesses, schools, and service organization will compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Proceeds from the adult spelling bee ($125 of the $150 team entry fee) will go toward the purchase of books for children through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for Champaign County Children.

The event will be held in the Urbana University Grimes Gym on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Registration: $150 per 5 person team to enter ($125 will provide books each month to 1 child for 5 years!)

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2018

For more information, please contact Jennifer Harvey at

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income. After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly. First books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. It became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. By 2003, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library had mailed one million books. It would prove to be the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.

Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage in 2004 and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007 and Australia joined in 2013.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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