2016 Spelling Bee!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Community, Neighborhood, Youth Outreach | 0 comments

2016 Spelling Bee!

19th Ward Spelling Bee Competition

The Sixth Annual 19th Ward Spelling Bee, a competition involving students from Rochester Schools 10, 16, 19, 29 and 44, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in Hoyt Hall at the University of Rochester.

The event is a partnership of the 19th Ward Community Association, The Community Foundation, the University of Rochester Admissions Office, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the Rochester City School District, and Arnett Branch Library.

Currently, the event is organized by the Association’s Schools Committee, chaired by John Laing. Students in grades 3 to 8 are encouraged to participate.

Community Invited!

Everyone is invited to attend the Spelling Bee. We hope you will join us as we cheer on our students, support their hard work, and encourage their future.

The winner from each grade level is awarded a trophy and a $500 scholarship to be awarded when the student goes to college. A fund has been established at The Community Foundation to support the scholarships.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity members have taken a leadership role in hosting Spelling Bee finalists to a tour of the UR campus, lunch, and conducting the final competition. Practice sessions for participating students have been held since January at the Arnett Library, which is staffed by members of the fraternity and residents of the 19th Ward. The Rochester City School District provides transportation for the finalist to the UR campus. This program has grown from two schools, 16 and 44, participating in 2001 to five schools, 10, 16, 19, 29 and 44, participating this year.

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