Community Events Adult Spelling Bee

NEF’s 22nd Adult Spelling Bee!

Tuesday, October 22, 2024
BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity
130 Pine Street, Florence

Doors open and food sales start at 5:00 p.m
Competition starts at 6:00 p.m.

jelerang (JELL-er-ang): a giant squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) of Java and southern Asia

Well, I know that someone ate my ten-pound box of peanut brittle, Gerald, and I doubt it was a rogue jelerang!

—Winning word from the 2023 NEF Adult Spelling Bee

We need spellers! We need sponsors! We need YOU!

NEF’s Adult Spelling Bee raises money to support the Small Grants to Educators program. Small Grants to Educators fund the development of creative and innovative teaching and learning initiatives in Northampton Public Schools and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Last year’s Spelling Bee raised over $13,000 and NEF awarded over $28,000 in Small Grants across grade levels and content areas.

Up to forty teams of three adults will compete for awards in spelling, costume, and humor.

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to sponsor the event and enter teams to compete. NEF can also match teams with sponsors for those who have formed a team and need one.

This family-friendly event is free, but attendees should register in advance at Walk-up entry will be available if we haven’t reached capacity.

View Official Spelling Bee Rules Here

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Broadcast by NCTV and WHMP

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What can you do?

Sponsor and form a team for $300! Teams consist of three spellers. Humorous team names (especially with ”bee“ puns) and costumes are encouraged.

Sponsor and we‘ll match you with a team! If you don‘t have spellers to send we can match you with a team in need of sponsorship.

Form a team and we‘ll match you with a sponsor.

Complete the Spelling Bee Registration to participate.


Why bee a sponsor? Why bee a speller?

It's a blast! Plus, all the money raised by this event funds NEF‘s Small Grants and helps us fulfill our mission to support and strengthen public education in Northampton by providing resources that bring innovation and enrichment to students and teachers in every school.


Will people know that you support our public schools?

Yes! Team sponsors will be recognized with gratitude on the Spelling Bee poster, in the spelling bee program, on NEF’s social media, and in the NEF newsletter.

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