The Wellesley Spelling Bee is a WEF community fundraising event which raises money to fund enrichment programs for the Wellesley Public Schools. This is the 24th year the Bee has been held and it is a major fundraiser for WEF and great fun for participants and observers alike!
There are approximately 50 teams participating in the Bee and they represent local businesses, law firms, alumni groups, community organizations and school PTO's as well as student teams from Wellesley High School. Each team is made up of three members, and seven or eight teams compete in a round. The winner of each round then competes in the championship round. The champions take home the Ruth Humphries Bee trophy to keep for their reigning year. A plaque listing all the winners also hangs in the Wellesley Free Library.
The Bee does not involve solo spelling. All teams in a round spell words simultaneously. The emcee announces the word and the three team members can collaborate on the spelling of a word before writing down their answer on the slate provided. Teams have 25 seconds and then must display their answer. Teams that correctly spell the word continue. Each speller is provided a study guide with most of the spelling words approximately one month prior to the Bee.
The Bee Co-Chairs pair Bee Sponsors with teams in need, such as High School student teams and non-profit community groups.