Tips to Sponsor a Spelling Bee

Spelling bees are popular in schools. They are part of most of children's educational learning. But spelling bees are not only for children.

Some adults also hold spelling bees to keep them sharp. In addition, spelling bees are also excellent ways to raise funds.

Are you planning to organize a spelling bee either as part of a school activity or as a fund raising event? Here are some practical things to think about:

Venue for a Spelling Bee

If the event is part of a school activity then this is not a problem for you. But if you are an organization without an activity centre to do such an activity, then you have to seriously think about where to hold the event. In order to save on cash, you could try to think about venues that you could get for free – for example, a state school gymnasium, a community center or a public library.

Sponsors for a Spelling Bee

Any activity would require money to fuel its organizing. You can approach local businesses to be your sponsors. Or if you are an organization trying to come up with a spelling competition, you can also tap people and institutions that support you or that have some connection to you and your cause. There are also businesses and organizations that sponsor annual spelling bees. The Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, for instance, sponsors the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Planning for a Spelling Bee

The planning for a spelling bee should be thorough. It should include the pre-event and post-event preparations. The pre-event preparations include getting sponsors, and advertising the event to the community through various means such as fliers, newspapers, radio, school or community bulletin. You also have to think about:

  • The age requirement of the participants
  • The mechanics of the registration and registration fee (if there should be)
  • Study materials if you plan to provide one
  • Official word list for the participants
  • Official word list copy with pronunciation guides, and sample usage in sentences
  • Seating arrangements
  • Name tags (optional)
  • Official rules and rules of appeal
  • Panel of Judges. Local celebrities are good choices.
  • Pronouncers and emcees
  • Prizes for the winners as well as certificates
  • Sound system
  • Chairs
  • Whether the contest is written or oral or a combination

Post-event preparation includes preparations for sending winners to higher level competitions like the National Spelling Bee in Washington.

60 Comments

  • Ikulamberu Ayotunde said on March 15, 2011
    would love to entrench the spelling bee competition in my home state. Ondo state in the south western part of Nigeria. Don't know if I can get partners and sponsors in the United states of America. would be glad if my appeal is given an utmost consideration.
  • nana kwadwo said on July 6, 2011
    HELLO AM THE MANAGER OF A YOUTH ASSOCIATION IN ONE OF THE REGIONS IN MY COUNTRY ,GHANA. WE WOULD LIKE TO ORGANISE A SPELLING B CONTEST. PLEASE WE APPEAL FOR LEARNING AIDS AND MATERIALS. THANK YOU AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU. NANA AKWANET ASSOCIATION AKWATIA(DIAMOND STATE) GHANA
  • Uyono Eyesio said on January 12, 2012
    option E for Asaba Delta state. Wish to request for help for the official words for spelling bee competition, please kindly send me email on how to reach you.
  • MacDonald said on February 15, 2012
    Hi I am trying to organize spelling bee contest for matric pupil in Soweto age 16-19 then a winner get a bursary to go study literature, to promote writers and readers. please help me with a form of business plan and where I can apply for sponsorship.
  • Anderson said on February 23, 2012
    I run a translation cabinet and a language and computer institution in Guinea conkry. I intend organizing a spelling bee contest but for french students i will be the very first one in the country, so i really need your help and advise on how to proceed since it's my first time.
  • Barbara Jennings said on April 26, 2012
    I am a secretary for a Youth Ministry group and we would like to do a spelling bee at our youth conference. I need sample registration forms & letters to send to other churches so they can participate. I need sample information to put it the packages to send to other churches. Also, I need information on how to organize a spelling bee. Please e-mail me. Thanks.
  • Tene Tracy said on June 14, 2012
    I am a project manager to a new NGO in Nigeria. i will like to have a selling sample proposal of spelling B that can appeal to our sponsors. Thanks in anticipation of ur reply.
  • CHARLES JACOB MATHIAS said on July 30, 2012
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  • Ojerahi Chuks said on August 26, 2012
    Hello, I am a corper, and i wish to organize a spelling bee competition in Ebonyi state. I don't really know how to go about it. I will be very grateful if you can give me some useful tips on how to go about the planning, organization, sponsorship and other issues related to it.
  • EZINWANNE MARKSHERIFF said on September 15, 2012
    The spelling bee will take place at university of portharcourt rivers state. I am a resident of lagos state, pls I need a proposal on how to look for sponsorship. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
  • susana shimanovich said on December 28, 2012
    Hi, I'm the English coordinator of an Elementary school here in Mexico City. I really do not know how to start organizing it. Can you help me?
  • PRECIOUSNETSAI said on January 14, 2013
    hi guys lets have an african spelling bee competition get in touch with me on missnetsai@gmail.com am from zimbabwe
  • lawrence said on February 28, 2013
    Hi, i am requesting for your support with guidelines on materials to help me organize a successful Spelling Bee. i.e - an organized word list and to know if 'you' can help me arrange for sponsors in the U.S of A. Thanks. in anticipation....
  • kassim savage said on April 3, 2013
    organization we want to organize the first ever in the history of our country a district, regional and national spelling bee and mental arithmetic quiz competition in sierra leone. We need you help us with learning material, a project proposal and guidance to organize the competition
  • arnold mtshepu said on May 21, 2013
    we are a company called fallona we would love to host a spelling bee events for primary schools in south africa and help us with your study materials and project proposal to attract sponsors, thanks
  • vinoliah maruping said on June 6, 2013
    hello, i am a student holding a bachelor of science degree certificate in Agricultural field and i will like to create a spelling Bee show in Botswana. please help me organise it. already i have two partners "an english language teacher and a maths teacher" at senior schools.
  • chiedza said on June 13, 2013
    Hie, We are in zimbabwe, in Harare. We want to do a spelling bee and we need guidance, learning aids and any supporting material to train and assist us kick off this project in our country. I have already found two sponsors but now its the know how and mentorship. This is something new in our country and doing it right the first time would be ideal. will be looking forward to your response. Chiedza
  • Hamidia Osman said on June 20, 2013
    Hi. I am Hamidia Osman from Ghana Kumasi to be precise. I am planning to organise a spelling bee for schools but I dont have sponsors, can you please sponsor me or assist me on how to get sponsors?
  • michael henry said on June 22, 2013
    i run an ngo registered with the state government in nigeri. Our office is located at Romi bus stop chikun local government. We work with children who are vulnerable.
  • Nkem said on July 10, 2013
    I intend to hold a state wide spelling bee competition in ebonyi state. i need details on the steps to go about it.can i use the state government as part of the sponsors
  • Rebecca igboze said on August 12, 2013
    Hi its becky wants to organize a spelling bee competition in benue state, pls need ur help.
  • oluwole johnson said on September 2, 2013
    Planning of organising a spelling bee competition for children of age 6-9. it's going to be any added activities in our local community street carnival in warri, will strongly need helping hands in aspect of strategy and involvement of sponsorship for it.thanks
  • FELIX SUNDAY said on September 3, 2013
    I want to organize a spelling bee in my school ( UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT) here in my school and there after, move to my state ABIA STATE in NIGERIA for the secondary schools in my state. What are the possible sponsors I should think of? RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA.
  • Beauty chifani said on October 9, 2013
    Hello am a student holding a bachelor degree in international business at limkokwing university of creative technology planning to start a spelling bee in Botswana,please help me come up with ideas, to educate the up coming generation of the age between 10 - 20, to develop their thinking skills & how i can attract sponsors and make my dream come true, since it will be a new idea in Botswana.
  • S .B .Letsholo said on November 21, 2013
    hie i have already registered a company ,given permission by the government to approach schools in my city Gaborone ,schools have welcomed my idea the problem now companies dont want 2 sponsor please help how can i make this happen
  • Boikhutso Monga said on December 22, 2013
    Would love to start a spelling bee competition in Botswana in Selebi Phikwe. Approached some of the schools they love the idea. Whats left is to invite them and look for sponsors.
  • Steve Igwebuike said on December 26, 2013
    Want to organize a spelling bee in oyo state, Nigeria. I have prepared a good proposal for local businesses but don't know the best manner of approach that will appeal to these businesses. What do you suggest? I also want to know where I can source for a word list for the competition.
  • onen joan prudence said on January 7, 2014
    hi, we would love to start a spelling bee in Uganda westnile nile Arua district in particular, now we need guidelines on how to go about the whole process have no sponsors yet but can also help us find some if possible. thanks in anticipation
  • henry said on January 7, 2014
    I will like to organize this in lagos, Nigeria where i reside, looking forward to more insight on sponsorship, study materials and logistics involved. Thank you.
  • rebecca said on March 6, 2014
    am preparing to hold this competition in mkd, and zamfara state, will need guidelines on how to go about it.thank you
  • McBlessings Buda said on April 8, 2014
    We are a youth organization working with children and youth in Zomba, Malawi and would like to organize this to primary schools in our district. Please help us with the guidelines on how we can go about it. Thanks
  • Isata Harding said on June 15, 2014
    Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. I am organising a national spelling bee for primary schools. Please help me with spellings words and locate sponsors
  • koomson enoc said on June 19, 2014
    I'm looking forward to host my first spelling bee in my community and I need a sponsorship proposal which will appease my targeted sponsors. Koomson Enoch Ghana
  • Lawal James said on July 26, 2014
    Hello,i am the President of the Nigerian association of science students (The Federal university of technology Akure chapter). We are planning on hosting a spelling bee , we would like some help in the area of proposals, official rules and appeals, official list of words, sponsors, guidelines and other things that might help us. Thanking you an anticipation.
  • Aaron said on July 28, 2014
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  • Annette Mumba said on August 13, 2014
    we would like to start a spelling bee competition in Zambia. please help on guidelines and strategy.
  • Egbebi Babajide Joseph said on October 5, 2014
    If you have a plan to organise spelling bee competitions, sponsorship, and consultancy on how your spelling bee could be organised . contact me on +2347063250434. we would help you with materials and all that is needed for a successful spelling bee. thank you.
  • Preston Ballard said on November 1, 2014
    Huntersville Group nonstock outreach organization that is looking to enroll our Norfolk Public School Students in the National Spelling Bee Event and we would like more information on how to move forward with this opportunity for our CHILDREN.
  • grace said on November 11, 2014
    I had an idea for establishing spell bee but i dont know where to start, and in doing so will help students from rural and urban areas of tanzania to participate and master the english language. need your help on how to start and where i can get the funds for it.
  • Fundiswa said on December 12, 2014
    I would love to coordinate the spelling bee in South Africa. I obtained my bachelor's degree and honors at the university of Fort Hare. I was working as the Project Manager for HIV and Aids doing awareness in rural areas. So this is going to be an advantage for me to do more for those who are under priviladged. Sponsors, partners, and material will be helpful to start this project.
  • Maimuna Umar said on December 12, 2014
    Hello, I am a health care person with NPHCDA Abuja, Nigeria, I just want to know if adult spelling bees are held here in Nigeria. Thank You.
  • Quansah Sherf Rothfuss said on February 17, 2015
    Am currently a university student. I and group want organize a spelling bee program within our country. Please we need guidelines in order to organize a nice program. Thank you.
  • Nuradden Garba Yabo said on March 16, 2015
    HELLO AM THE MANAGER OF A YOUTH ASSOCIATION IN ONE Hi, I am Nuraddeen Garba Yabo of Gombe International School, Gombe State Nigeria. I will like to organize a spelling bee competition for my students. PLEASE I request FOR LEARNING AIDS AND MATERIALS. THANK YOU AND I wish TO HEAR FROM YOU. Thanks (Nuraddeen Garba Yabo) Gombe state Nigeria.
  • Lebo said on March 26, 2015
    Hi, I'm from South Africa in the North West Province. I'm a youth leader at a church. I have started a book club for the youth in my church as the young peoples reading levels are poor and they struggle to engage in discussions. I would like this to grow into spelling competitions in the farm schools around my area. Please assist with spelling material and sponsorship. Thank you
  • Oyih Emmanuel Adams said on May 31, 2015
    Hi...am from Benue State, in North Central Nigeria. I am the manager of spotlight entertainment, an event management outfit within the state. We have organised pageants and have been planning on organising a spelling bee competition at the state capital level, but lack the essential tools and materials to do that. Please, can you help me with learning Aida and materials...and also a data base of words that are used for spelling bee's competitions. Thanks in anticipation.
  • Prince Newman said on July 11, 2015
    Hi, i'm from Ghana, Obuasi township in the Ashanti region to be precise. we are planning to organise a local spelling bee competition for my township. i would like to request for sponsorships to make the programme a success. thank you.
  • Babi Clovis Abah said on August 23, 2015
    I am a primary school teacher in Yaounde, Cameroon. I intend to organize a spelling competition for primary schools in Cameroon and will need you to guide me through the process to make it a success. I will be most delighted to receive learning aids and other materials that will help make the organization of the competition a success.
  • mariy mariy said on December 30, 2015
    Am a young entrepreneur, whose next of action is spelling bee to create a better place for my country,but I need sponsors and co idea builder,mariy mariy abuja, Nigeria:tel:08187278002 email;mariyworld882@gmail.com
  • laurentta said on January 19, 2016
    I plan to organize a spelling bee in my community, I need a proposal that can help me get sponsors who will make d event a memorable one for the student. Thanks in anticipation.(+234816027889z
  • idowu shola said on February 9, 2016
    I am copper,i plan to organise a spelling bee in my state of service,i need a proposal to help me get sponsors who will make the event a fantastic an a memorable one for the students and citizen of ekiti states.please i don't really know how to go about it,so i need tips for planing it to thanks.(+23409030899785)email:idowushola1@gmail.com
  • Jackie Karanja said on February 17, 2016
    I would like to plan an Spelling Bee contest in my country. Kindly assist me with contacts and or details on how to plan for such an event.Kindly contact me on my email - jackie.karanja@gmail.com.I look forward to hearing from you.
  • arnold mtshepu said on March 15, 2016
    Please reply our emails as we are really need to improve the standards of education in our communities.South Africa ,Johannesburg originally said on said on 5/21/2013 9:16:44 AM
  • Terwase Sedoo said on May 9, 2016
    Hi,your write up is captivating. Would appreciate if I can have all relevant tools and materials towards organizing a spelling bee competition. Sedoo from Benue,Nigeria.
  • glodia said on May 14, 2016
    Hi i'm in South Africa and would love to organize a spelling bee for young people. Please help with the tools
  • Elo Ejikeme said on May 14, 2016
    Well I don't think u get way it's really about. I think it's all about getting prepared from the in side.
  • Stephen said on June 14, 2016
    Hi, how are you? I am contacting you regarding your advert on organizing a spelling bee. It is a privilege to have like-minded youths with one vision. I want us to work together in achieving our goal. My mission is to impact lives; change our education system to a great level; raise champions etc. If you have similar goals, please, feel free to connect with me. WhatsApp: +234 805 331 9499, Telephone: +234 806 206 3747, Email: connectstephenchuks@gmail.com, Facebook: touchchuks@yahoo.ca
    Looking forward to a positive relationship. Thank you.
  • SONIA GUPTA said on August 9, 2016
    HI, BEING A NGO COORDINATOR I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO WRITE A LETTER TO SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TO ADDRESS HIM/HER ABOUT SPELL BEE CONTEST & HOW THIS WILL BENEFIT THEIR SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TO SEEK APPOINTMENT FOR DISCUSSING THINGS IN DETAILS. PLEASE MAIL ME THE FORMAT OF THE LETTER TODAY.. THANKYOU
  • REX said on September 11, 2016
    Hello, I'm planning to organize a regional spelling bee for schools in delta state warri and I really need all the help I can get to make this work, my kick off date is September 15th that's the day I will start giving out the forms to the contestants who might be interested, kindly get back to me, I look forward to getting your reply here soon, thanks.
  • azum juliet said on October 26, 2016
    My name is juliet azum, pls I want to start up a spelling bee contest between primary schools but dnt know how to get funds and how to also write the script on it,pls put me through. thanks. From lagos nigeria.
  • Betty kayode said on May 5, 2017
    @stephen. Hi my name is Betty and a diction facilitator. I organize spelling bee competition and this would be the second one of its kind. We can work together if you don't mind and u can reach me on 08033795638. The season two is likely to take place in November 2017. You can contact me on the above number for more details . thanks

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