Reminder: 9th Annual Spelling Bee this Friday

Above: SEF’s mascot and a flashback to a 2010 team of spellers – appropriate given that Woodward is celebrating Dr. Seuss this week. (Contributed Photos)

The 9th annual Spelling Bee is zooming our way.

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

Teams feature Southborough teachers, staff, and students from Southborough schools vying for bragging rights as the town’s best spellers.

spelling_bee flyer
(click to enlarge)

As usual, doors open early for the raffle and silent auction. (There are too many prizes for me to list. But you can click on the flyer for highlights.)

Organizers tell me you don’t have to stick around to the end this year to win the raffle. So, be sure to bring some address labels to slap on your tickets to avoid getting writer’s cramp!

The event is this Friday, March 4 at Trottier Middle School. The doors open at 6:00 pm and the bee begins at 7:00 pm. Entry costs $5 pp or $10 per family.

It’s SEF’s biggest fundraiser. Last year, over $13,000 of funds they granted for new resources and/or initiatives at the schools were raised through the bee.

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 examples, see last year’s post.)

For more details, click the flyer to enlarge.

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