The Needham Education Foundation, a community-based non-profit that raises funds for the enrichment of public school children, will hold its 22nd Annual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Needham High School gymnasium, according to a press release.
Admission is free, thanks to the contribution of community sponsors. This year, the Bee’s lead sponsors are Needham Bank, Roche Brothers, and Veryst Engineering.
The NEF Bee is NEF’s biggest annual fundraiser. It brings together over 50 teams of parents, teachers, middle and high school students, and business and community representatives to compete for “Best Spelling Team of the Year.“
Special attractions include complimentary refreshments and a commemorative, NEF Bee Cupcake available for purchase from Treat Cupcake Bar. Spirited hats and t-shirts featuring the NEF Bee will also be for sale.
The distinguished roster of celebrity word pronouncers includes Gary Gillis, partner at Last Minute Productions and WHDH-TV alumnus; Richard Miller, Olin College president; and Mike Riley, Lowell Spinners announcer.
Each year, the NEF Board compiles an extensive list of challenging spelling words for teams to study prior to the Bee. Last year’s winning word was “samizdat,” a Russian word which means disseminating censored materials.
On April 3, the NEF expects hundreds from the community to gather in the Needham High School gymnasium, 609 Webster St., to hear the 2013 winning word.