Spelling bee finalists to compete at Perry Hill School

Perry Hill School will have a new champion — the best of the best spellers in the 5th and 6th grades — when spelling bee finalists compete on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

During the past three weeks, students have had the opportunity to compete within their classrooms and project team levels. Twenty-five students will now advance to the school’s spelling bee final.

'Alive and well once again'

“We’re so excited about bringing the spelling bee back in Shelton,” Perry Hill Principal Lorraine Williams said. “We began it during CMT testing as a way for teachers and students to have a respite from the rigors of testing each day.

“The bee itself was such a great part of our district for many years, and then it just faded away,” Williams said. “With the help of former teachers and administrators, as well as existing staff and parents, the bee is now alive and well once again at Perry Hill.”

Endowment fund is sponsor

The spelling bee is being sponsored by the Shelton Education Endowment Fund (SEEF), a component fund of the Valley Community Foundation.

“The Perry Hill spelling bee is such a great fit for us — helping to bring back a wonderful academic challenge for the students at Perry Hill School,” said Valerie Knight-Di Gangi of SEEF’s Advisory Committee. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

SEEF raises funds for student awards, teacher innovations, career exploration and community engagement in the Shelton schools.