Grove Farm offers to pay spelling bee entries

Grove Farm Co. has offered to pay the registration fees for schools entering the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee.

According to Melanie Moore, the Spelling Bee coordinator for aio Foundation, a record number of 85 schools participated in the 2013 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee.

“Enrollment for the 2014 competition opened recently, and nearly 40 schools have already started the enrollment process,” Moore said in an aio release.

Sandblom said the deadline for schools to enter is Oct. 15. The 2014 competition is open to students from grades four through eight.

Grove Farm is offering to pay for the spelling bee enrollment fees for any Kauai school interested in participating, said Marissa Sandblom, a Grove Farm vice president.

“We have been informed that five schools (on Kauai) have already registered and we will work on a way to reimburse them so the registration monies they used can instead be applied to other worthwhile projects around campus,” she said.

The cost to register is $120 per school and includes a virtual Bee-in-a-Box, or everything the school needs to conduct their school bee.

Winners of the school-level bee, which  needs to be completed by Nov. 30, advance to the Kauai District Spelling Bee in January. The winner advances to the state bee in March.

The 2014 Hawaii state champion and his, or her chaperone will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in May to compete in the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Akira Takabayashi, eighth-grade student from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, was the 2013 Kauai District winner, advancing to Washington, D.C.

The competition is open to public, private, parochial and charter schools. Schools can enroll by visiting www.spellingbee.com

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