Adult Spelling Bee set to benefit local students

NASHUA – The Nashua Education Foundation will hold its first Adult Spelling Bee to raise funds for city public schools.

The competition will include up to 50 teams composed of three individuals each. The teams of local businesses, law firms, families, medical providers, community organizations, financial services and other community members will compete for the title of “champion speller.”

Unlike most spelling bees, this event doesn’t involve solo spelling. Instead, each team can collaborate on the spelling of a word and then display its answer on a slate, according to the foundation.

Seven or eight teams in a round will spell each word simultaneously by writing their answers on a slate after the master of ceremonies announces the word. The teams will have 25 seconds, and then must display their answer. Those who display the correct answer continue.

Each speller will have advance access to a study guide containing the spelling words.

The bee will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 5:30 p.m. May 4. The cost is $300 per team.

All funds raised will go to supporting educational opportunities for Nashua public school students. Teams may sign up at www.nashua at the “support us” link at the bottom of the page.

The Nashua Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of education in the Nashua School District.

Since the first grant was awarded in 2011, the foundation has approved $29,500 to support educational programs and projects in the district. So far, eight elementary schools, two middle schools and both high schools have received funding.

Past grants have funded educational resources such as iPad Minis for the Amherst Street Elementary School library, a violin program at Birch Hill Elementary and Nooks for the New Searles Elementary media center.