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Spelling Bee Literacy Programme

The literacy programme enables each and every child (between the ages of 6 – 15 years) to understand and capture spelling concepts. All children and youth will register and receive a study booklet with the official words; they will also have coaching sessions and then enter their regional competition as a Primary, Junior, or Intermediate participant. Regional competitions will be held in either the Community Spelling Bee (includes those children – public and/or private - whose schools are not a part of the Family of Schools at that point in time) or the School’s Spelling Bee (Family of Schools). 

The mastery of Literacy enables the children and youth to comprehend the ever-increasing volume of information required to articulate their ideas and express themselves creatively. We are aware of research and documentation that links poor literacy skills to social and emotional problems later in life.


  • Continual promotions in school & community organizations working together for Literacy, Youth and Education, and providing reference letters for high school students who volunteer.

Programme Goals

Provide children and youth between the ages of 6 and 14 with the opportunity to participate in a positive spelling competition to improve their English language, spelling capabilities, comprehension and communication skills

Develop the self-esteem, confidence, and interpersonal skills of students by connecting them with positive role models, tutors and peer supports throughout the course of the Spelling Bee preparation, the championship and year round follow-up activities

Cultivate community-based partnerships by: engaging members of various community members in advancing the benefits of the Spelling Bee; encouraging children and youth involvement; and, promoting the importance of education, especially reading, writing, comprehension and spelling

Build a network of youth who will act as peer mentors for other students and play a key role in supporting their academic growth, especially in the areas of reading comprehension and spelling through collaborative partnerships with libraries, religious institutions, individual schools, and community-based educational programs


Our goal, with the support of schools, student literacy representatives, sponsors, parents, chapter presidents and volunteers, is to...(more)
The Spelling Bee of Canada, a not-for-profit grassroots organization, was established in the greater Toronto area in 1987...(more)
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