An Annual Community Tradition
Since 1992, the Needham Education Foundation has held an annual Spelling Bee to raise funds to support innovative and enriching educational programs that benefit all Needham public school students. The event has become a fun community tradition and friendly competition that draws hundreds of amateur spellers and spectators from Needham schools, businesses, and the community.
Thank You to Our Head of Class Sponsors!
30th Annual NEF Spelling Bee
Given the current conditions, the NEF does not expect to hold a large in-person event this year. We are looking at alternatives to bring our community together in a creative and responsible way.
Ways to Support the Bee
The NEF relies on local businesses, community organizations and individuals to make the Bee a success. No matter how you choose to support the Bee, you are making learning come alive for Needham Public School students. Thank You!
Register a Bee Team – $375
All teams must have three participants. Consider forming a team with your friends, co-workers, or neighbors (adults only please)! Many teams rally support from a larger group to help cover the cost and to get even more community members involved! All student teams, including elementary, middle and high school students, are selected and registered by their individual schools. Receive a $50 discount if you also purchase a full page ad!
Sponsor a Student/Teacher Team – $375
We are thrilled to see both students and teachers representing all eight Needham schools at the Bee each year. Consider sponsoring one of these student or teacher teams so that they may compete for free. Sponsors are listed on the team’s sign and in the Bee program. Receive a $50 discount if you also purchase a full page ad!
Purchase an Ad in the Bee Program – $300-$200-$100
Advertise your business in the Bee program book which is given to the hundreds of Bee attendees. Choose from a full page ad (4.5″W x 7.25″H), a half page ad (4.5″W x 3.5″H), or a business card ad (2.1875″W x 1.625″H).
Sponsor the Second Chance Raffle – $500
We will be giving teams that are eliminated in their preliminary round a second chance at participating in the Championship Round. With your sponsorship, all teams will receive a raffle ticket for a second chance. The winner will be chosen before the Championship Round and will be given a “second chance” to compete with the winners of each of the preliminary rounds. Sponsors receive a business card ad in the Bee program and acknowledgment at the Bee.
Star Student Event Sponsor – $1,500
Become an event sponsor at the Star Student level and receive the following benefits for your business: logo presence on Spelling Bee digital media publicity, a full-page B&W advertisement in the Bee Program, inclusion on the donor acknowledgment page of the Bee Program, sponsorship of one Spelling Bee round, sponsorship or registration of one Spelling Bee team, including a listing on the teams page of the Bee Program and a listing on a team sign.
Head of the Class Event Sponsor – $3,000
Become an event sponsor at the Head of the Class level and receive the following benefits for your business: logo presence on Spelling Bee event signage as well as on digital media publicity, public acknowledgment at the Bee and in media posts, a full-page color advertisement in a prominent location in the Bee Program, inclusion on the donor acknowledgment page of the Bee Program, sponsorship of one Spelling Bee round, sponsorship or registration of one Spelling Bee team, including a listing on the teams page of the Bee Program and a listing on a team sign.
Support Your Favorite Team with a BeeGram – $5
Send a BeeGram to cheer on your favorite Bee participants or a whole team! Simply purchase a BeeGram for just $5 and we’ll display it on our NEF BEE Hive wall at the Spelling Bee. Recipients can pick up their BeeGrams at the end of the event. BeeGrams will also be on sale at the Bee.
Make a Direct Donation
If you prefer to donate to the NEF directly, please use the link below. We appreciate your support!
The Needham Education Foundation, Inc. (NEF) is operated for charitable purposes and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (Tax id: 04-3088148). Donations to the NEF are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please consult a tax advisor regarding specific questions about your individual deductions. Thank you for your generosity.