Swifter Bee headed our way – February 27

Above: Last year’s Spelling Bee team The Despicable Spellers didn’t win a prize – but they were definitely among the kids’ favorites! (Contributed Photo)

Have you heard the buzz? There’s a faster Bee quickly approaching.

(I know. The Bee brings out the bad puns in me.)

SEF promises all the fun of their past spelling bees, but at a swifter pace.

Unlike other spelling bees, the SEF Spelling Bee is a competition of community teams “dressed to spell”.

20150203_spelling_bee_flyer (247x320)To keep things rolling this year, there are fewer teams. All  will hail from Southborough schools.

That means spellers will be teachers, staff or students.

This year also brings new but familiar faces with changes to the MC and judging panel.

Trottier School’s Jamie Clark will MC. And the school principals will act as judges.

This is Southborough Education Foundation’s big fundraiser. So you can still expect a great raffle. But this year, you won’t need to hang around to the end to claim your prize.

(Don’t worry. That doesn’t mean you need to write your name on every ticket. SEF will have a new system in place to track ticket number owners.)

The event is scheduled for Friday, February 27 at 7:00 pm at Trottier Middle School. But get there early. The doors open at 6:00 pm for the raffle.

Entry is $5 per person or $10 per family. All proceeds go to the SEF.

Every year, SEF awards grants to fund new resources and/or initiatives at the schools. Last year, they raised $25,000 through the Bee. (To read about SEF’s most recent awards, click here.)

If you aren’t familiar with the Bee, here’s how it works: 

  • Several teams compete in each round. The moderator gives the word and each community team works as a group to decide their spelling of it. Their answers are written on white boards.
  • The audience is encouraged to to test themselves by silently spelling along in their booklets. The round is complete when only one team is left standing. (Figuratively. They actually sit. But, you get it.)
  • The winning team from each round competes in the final round.

It sounds pretty dry, but it is surprisingly fun. And the kids love seeing the faculty in costume.

For more details, click the flyer to enlarge.

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