Independent Bank is one of 10 teams participating in the Third Annual Ionia County Literacy Council's Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee at Ionia High School on Tuesday.

As funding for literacy programs shrinks, the demand continues to grow. Cynthia Talcott, Ionia County Literacy Council executive director, says the event brings awareness for supporting literacy across Ionia County.

“Sometimes we take for granted that everyone can spell and read. Many people in our community can’t,” she said. “We keep getting more and more students. There is a need out there, and it’s growing as people hear about the literacy council.”

The Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee event will begin at 6 pm with a dinner. Those who plan to attend the dinner should RSVP by calling 616.527.1360.