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Race is on for spelling champion

Wednesday, 9th January, 2019 5:07pm

Who will be queen or king bee? Now in its ninth year, the Eason Spelling Bee is the very definition of fun for school kids, encouraging them to read more, expand their vocabulary and fall in love with literacy.

This year, more 800 schools around Ireland have already registered to take part, and schools yet to register have the opportunity to do so until 14 January.

To participate, schools must host their own in-school spelling bee among fifth and sixth class students to find

their school spelling

champion.

From there, the Eason Spelling Bee team will travel around the country to host a county final bees, culminating in four provincial bees.

The champions from these will then go head to head in the all Ireland final bee, which will take place in June, and the lucky winner will be crowned king or queen bee.

Eason are partnering with Today FM for a fourth year and, in early summer, presenter Alison Curtis will host the provincial and all Ireland spelling bees.

Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said: “We’re now in the ninth year of the Eason Spelling Bee and we’re incredibly proud to see it going from strength to strength annually. Each year, the children involved continue to impress us with their level of spelling skill and it’s wonderful to see schools across the country continuing to support this programme.”

Along with the title of Eason Spelling Bee 2019 Champion, the winning speller will also take home a collection of books for their school library, worth €7,500 as well as a personal collection of books worth €500.

To register for the Eason Spelling Bee 2019, visit easons.com/spellingbee/registration before 14 January.

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