Spell for Lit-er-a-cy
In 2008, members of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth hosted the Coalition's first Corporate Spelling Bee, which raised almost $50,000 to help open the doors of the original coalition office near downtown Fort Worth. The event combined fun, food, laughter, and genius with an opportunity for community leaders to come together to support adult literacy. Each year since, Tarrant Literacy Coalition has hosted a fundraising event which has provided supporters and participants the opportunity to showcase their spelling ability while generating significant financial support for the important work of the coalition. Watch your email for details of the next event, coming in the spring of 2020.
De·vel·op Team Spirit
Line up the spellers. Corporate Spelling Bee teams have been comprised of three (3) adult spellers chosen by the sponsoring business or organization. In addition, each team designated an alternate speller in case someone cannot attend the day of the Bee.
Plan the strategy. Most teams have held practice meetings and studied the practice words provided by the Coalition. Teams have designated a lead speller to speak for the team, and because the competition has been fierce, they've been sure to practice their favorite spelling technique.
Recruit the cheering squad. Team spirit isn't just for spellers! Spellers have always recruited co-workers, family and friends to attend the Bee as well, to cheer for them as they spelled their way to victory!
The Bee has always started with a warm-up round of rather easy words for our sponsoring organizations. The Wordmaster assists teams by using the word in a sentence. Trust us, it's important for spellers to ask for a sentence - and a definition! The following rounds have quickly increased in difficulty until the Champion is declared.
Sound rigorous? Arduous? Formidable? Daunting? Our Corporate Spelling Bees have been all that and much, much more!
As a reward for bravery and savvy, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams have received gift bags of great prizes from local restaurants, stores, and sporting venues who have generously supported the Bee. The 1st place winner of the Bee has also had the privilege of keeping the beautiful traveling Corporate Spelling Bee trophy for one year, with the team name engraved on a plaque.
Par·tic·i·pate as a Sponsor- It's Easy!
Tarrant Literacy Coalition has been fortunate to have had many generous sponsors of the Corporate Spelling Bee. We are especially grateful to the 2018 Corporate Spelling Bee sponsors, listed below.
Larry & Karen Anfin
Texas Christian University
Acme Brick Company
Mark and Jill “J.R.” Labbe
Rotary Club of Fort Worth
Tarelton State University - Fort Worth Campus
Tarrant County College District
Tarrant County - Judge B. Glen Whitley
Texas Wesleyan University
Dennis & Kathryn Thompson
Joan Trew - Williams Trew Real Estate
United Way of Tarrant County
Freese & Nichols, Inc.
Mrs. Renfro's Gourmet Salsa
2008 Texas Christian University
2010 United Way of Tarrant County
2011 Texas Christian University
2012 Acme Brick
2013 Acme Brick
2014 Texas Wesleyan University
2015 Texas Wesleyan University
2016 Texas Wesleyan University
2017 Texas Wesleyan University
2018 Rotary Club of FW/United Way of Tarrant Co.