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    Watch for the NEW Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee in Spring 2018 Which Promises To Be An UnBEElievably Fun Time!

    Spelling Bee

    Get ready for an unbelievably entertaining time! The annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee will be back in full force in the Spring 2018 with a new look, new design, new words, and new exciting format. Proceeds raised from the event are used for the delivery of Literacy programming in the Kingston community. Bee There or Bee Square!

    What is it?

    Get ready for an un BEElievably entertaining time! Kingston Literacy & Skills will host the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee in the Spring 2018. Proceeds from the event are used for the delivery of Literacy Programming in the Kingston community.

    Broadcasted live on Cogeco TV, up to 12 teams will battle it out for top honours, with awards being presented not only to the winning team, but also to the crew with the most fundraising dollars, and the group with the best costumes.

    “Teams of three participate in a traditional, very exciting spelling bee,” explains Chuck Dowdall, executive director of KL&S. “No one knows what word will stump even an experienced team.

    “The competition provides an incredible test of mental agility and intellectual savvy for adult spellers while supporting literacy programs in the Kingston area.”

    The evening — which Dowdall says serves as a great team builder for organizations and businesses — is overseen by a panel of three judges from the literary and media communities.

    How to Register

    Team registration fee is $400, which includes dinner for three team members. Teams are also encouraged to collect pledges and bring their own cheerleaders. The general public is also asked to attend and join in on the fun.

    See what all the buzz is about! Register your team today by emailing spellingbee@klandskills.ca!

    Become a Corporate Sponsor

    Want to be a corporate sponsor? HIVE Five! Corporate sponsorships are available at the following levels: Queen Bee: $2,000; Drone: $1,000; Worker Bee: $500; Hive Member: $250; Honeycomb Supporter: $100. Email spellingbee@klandskills.ca to learn more – your contribution is always appreciated.

    Follow the Spelling Bee’s Mascot on Twitter

    BEE sure to follow The Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee’s mascot, “Buzzer” on Twitter at Buzzer@FollowTheBuzzer

    Prior Year’s Award Winners

    Best Team Spirit – Faith United Church

    Most Team Pledges – Empire Life

    Best Spellers – Queens University Secretariat & Legal Counsel

    Best Costume – Luce Hair Studio East

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    16 Bath Road, Kingston, ON
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