Susan Rees: Many thanks for NEF’s successful spelling bee

  • Toni Krell, from left, Dale Melcher and Cindy Chandler-Guy, of the We’ve BEEn Framed team, are costumed as a Frida Kahlo self-portrait, an Andy Warhol of Marilyn Monroe and Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” as they wait to go on stage during the 19th annual Northampton Education Foundation Spelling Bee, March 27 at JFK Middle School. They won the “Best Costume” award. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 4/15/2019 6:05:19 PM
Many thanks for NEF’s successful spelling bee

On “bee-half” of the Northampton Education Foundation, we would like to thank our community for supporting Northampton Public Schools by having attended and participated in the 19th Annual Adult Spelling Bee on March 27.

Each year, new people are inspired to donate their money and time in an event that heralds the coming of spring and generates funding for small grants to our city’s public school teachers. With costumes, humor and competitive spellers, the Bee provides a colorful evening of purposeful entertainment and camaraderie.

NEF was able to give almost $50,000 to fund NPS teachers’ grants this academic year. We want to thank our major sponsors, Easthampton Savings Bank, Grey Matter Books, Friends of Jerry Budgar, Greenfield Savings Bank, and PeoplesBank for their commitment to local communities. We’d also like to thank all 32 teams and their sponsors for participating in what has “bee-come” a Northampton institution. A special shoutout to the custodial staff at JFK for setting up and cleaning up after!

If you missed the Bee, we will be posting fabulous photos of friends and neighbors, taken by Judy Herrell, on the Northampton Education Foundation’s Facebook page. Donate to this important fund at Support our generous sponsors with your business, and visit WHMP and NCTV, whose broadcasts share the fun and spread the word about our event.

Susan Rees


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