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Education & Spelling Bee

“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” Abigail Adams

From the 1996 Report of the International Commission on Education for the 21st Century and the 1997 Hamburg Declaration: Literacy, broadly conceived as the basic knowledge and skills needed in a rapidly changing world is a fundamental human right. There are millions, the majority of whom are women, who lack opportunities to learn or have insufficient skills to be able to assert this right. The challenge is to enable them to do so. Literacy is also a catalyst for participating in social, cultural, political, and economic activities, and for learning throughout life.




​​CHAIRMAN: Ann Ribinsky Brown, email


ESO (Epsilon Sigma Omicron)

Honorary Reading Soroity of the Education Community Services Program. All club members are welcome to join. For more information on the program, click here.



The State Spelling Bee will be at NJSFWC Headquarters on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The snow date is Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Since 1989 local clubs in the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (NJSFWC) have sponsored spelling bees for 4th and 5th graders. Clubs either hold a spelling bee of their own or ask schools to hold spelling bees, after which the club sponsors the three winners in the District Spelling Bee.  Winners from the District Spelling Bee compete in the State Spelling Bee at NJSFWC Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ. 

Here are the materials that will help your club organize and hold a Spelling Bee in your community.

  1. Suggestions and Tips for a Successful SpellingBee
  2. Sample Organization of Club Spelling Bee
  3. Spelling Bee Set Up and Committee Responsibilities
  4. Sample letter to Schools (Word)
  5. Sample Letter to Contestants (Word)
  6. Permission and Photo Release Form (Word)
  7. Spelling Bee Rules
  8. Tips to Parents and Contestants 
  9. Practice Word List 
  10. Sample invitation letter to Judges (Word)
  11. Instructions for Registrar and Sample Form
  12. Instructions for Judges and Sample Form
  13. Sample Opening Speech (Word)
  14. Sample Award Certificate (Word)
  16. Sample Letter to Local Winners (From District Chairman)

More info:


Contact: Brandi-Leigh Miller, State Spelling Bee Chairman


55 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Douglas Residential CollegeGeneral Federation of Women's Clubs
(732) 249-5474