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For the past decade, it has become an early spring tradition that the Region 4 Education Foundation (R4EF) has hosted its annual Spelling Bee.
This year is no different, as the bee, made up of both student and teacher teams, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4 in the auditorium at Valley Regional High School at 256 Kelsey Hill Road in Deep River.
Each team consists of three people; a $300 donation is requested per team. There will be prizes for the winning team and the team with the best costumes.
R4EF is a non-profit organization that was set up in the mid-1990s to enhance the educational, extracurricular, and athletic experience at the regional Valley Regional High School and John Winthrop Middle School.
Taffy Glowac, a member of the foundation who helps coordinate the spelling bee, said the donations "help fund projects, programs, and materials that are not in the yearly operating budget."
In an average year, Glowac said, "We raise about $3,000 from the bee from the entries.
"In the past we have supported the Valley TV at the high school as well as the TV program at John Winthrop Middle School" from donations from the spelling bee, she said.
"We gave a donation to the Community Day at the high school where the entire student body went in to the community to help pick up in the parks and light maintenance on town property, in Chester, Deep River, and Essex."
Besides the donations from the entries, Glowac said, "We get money left to us from people in their wills, endowments, and we also get donations from a lot of area businesses, like banks, Lions, and Rotary clubs."
This event is a little different from the group's other fundraisers.
"It is always a fun night, a fun time for all," said Glowac.
For more information, contact Taffy Glowac at 860-767-0650 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Stebbins at 860-767-9148. Registration was set to close just after press time.