Sign up, dress up and spell F-U-N

Published 7:56 pm Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Suffolk Education Foundation is looking for more teams and sponsors for its second year of competitive spelling in creative costumes.

The second Grown-Up Spelling Bee will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at King’s Fork High School, and the deadline for team registration has been extended to Jan. 19 due to the holidays and snow closings.

According to an email from Suffolk Education Foundation board member Bethanne Bradshaw, five teams have registered for the competition as of Friday, including 2016 champions “Kil-Bee’s Revenge of the Words” from Kilby Shores Elementary School.

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Other teams will be “Snap, Crackle & About to Pop” from Lakeland High School, the as-yet-unnamed teams for Creekside Elementary School and Superintendent Dr. Deran Whitney, and the Suffolk News-Herald’s own “Typographical Airers.” The Suffolk News-Herald is also the event’s Queen Bee sponsor.

The foundation hopes to have 15 teams compete this February, as many as there were in 2016, Bradshaw said. Each team of three adults will work together to spell words and compete to earn the title of the “Best Spellers in Suffolk.”

Teams that face elimination can continue the fun by buying a “spell check” or “stinging” another team by passing on a difficult word. Costumes are also encouraged — the more creative, the better — and the audience will vote for the best team costumes.

Sponsorships for this year’s competition have a Jan. 31 deadline. This includes sponsoring a team, a letter, a spelling word that will be read during the championship round, and other options. For example, an orthodontist’s office might sponsor the word “orthodontist,” Bradshaw said.

Other sponsors this year include RRMM Architects, MSA, PC, GET Solutions Inc., Lynch Mykins Speight, Marshall & Francis, and Thompson Consulting Engineers.

The competition raised nearly $10,000 in 2016 for the foundation’s efforts to fund college scholarships, support professional development and instructional grants, and directly benefit the teachers and students of Suffolk Public Schools.

“Come see who wins the coveted title of ‘Best Spellers in Suffolk,’” Bradshaw said.

Tickets are $5 per person, and kids ages 8 and under get in free. Advance ticket sales and group rates are also available.

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