January 3, 2006
Rhode Island Statewide Qualifier Spelling Bees Underway
Providence, RI -- Individual school spelling bees for students in grades four through eight are underway throughout Rhode Island, as spellers compete for a berth in The Providence Journal's Rhode Island Statewide Spelling Bee.
To qualify, participating students from public, parochial, private, charter and home schools must advance through classroom, school building, and regional levels before competing in the statewide competition scheduled for March 4, 2006 at the University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Providence Campus. The annual statewide bee is sponsored by The Providence Journal with community partner Cardi's Furniture and in cooperation with the Rhode Island Association of School Principals.
The winner of the March 4 state competition will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June 2006. The Providence Journal will finance the winner's trip to the nationals and Amtrak will provide rail transportation.
Teachers interested in participation guidelines and eligibility can call The Providence Journal Promotion Department at 401.277.7637.
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