Like many events in 2020, this year’s annual Community Spelling Bee for Books is going virtual. The event, which raises money for the Imagination Library of Daviess County, is set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
Teams of three to six people will compete for bragging rights and a trophy while raising money for the organization.
The Imagination Library of Daviess County raises money to send books monthly to children from birth to age 5. It’s free for families to sign up and currently, the Daviess County chapter serves approximately 3,000 kids.
To register for the spelling bee, visit the Imagination Library of Daviess County website. It costs $30 to enter a team.
Faith Holley, a volunteer with the Imagination Library, said all the participants will be given a Zoom link for the spelling bee and teams will be grouped together in private Zoom rooms.
“What’s really cool is we are seeing some teams build across state lines,” Holley said. “We’ve got family members from all over the country building teams who are going to participate that night. We are excited about that.”
Holley said the organization is 100% run by volunteers and all proceeds from the spelling bee go directly to buying books for kids. It cost about $30 a year to serve one child.
Holley also encourages the community to sign up with a team even if spelling is not a strong skill.
“You don’t have to be a terrific speller because teams will also have the opportunity to buy back into the contest up until the final round,” she said.
Teams should register by Wednesday so a total number of volunteers can be calculated. A volunteer will be assigned to each team to guide them through the process and help with the Zoom technology.