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.
The 8th Annual New Haven Reads Spelling Bee will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019. We will return to the Yale School of Management at 165 Whitney Avenue in New Haven. Doors will open at 6pm and the event will start at 7pm. We expect to finish around 9:15pm.
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, teams can win awards for best team name, most spirit, and best team costume. Generous local businesses donate door prizes and 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.