The Spelling Bee is our annual fundraiser to support our literacy programs. This event, which takes place in New Haven each October, has become a fixture on the community calendar.
During the Bee, adult teams of three compete in “swarms,” or initial rounds of seven teams each. Our Word Master presents the words, and the teams work together to spell and write out each word for three judges. Together with a timekeeper, they oversee the Bee. The last team standing in each swarm competes in the final for a trophy and the glory of being New Haven Reads Spelling Bee Champs!
In addition to the Spelling Bee Champs trophy, two other teams win awards for best team name and best team costume. Prior to the Bee, audience members and participants enjoy a cash bar, food, and dessert bar.
New Haven Reads increases the literacy skills of children by providing individually tailored one-on-one after school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.