2022 Spelling Bee

Inaugurated in 2019 with the intent of making it an annual event, 2022 marks the return of our Spelling Bee!  

Thanks to Burlington Beer Company for generously donating their space and Hanson and Doremus for underwriting all other event costs- as well as the time and energy of volunteer Rotarians- 100% of donations, team sponsorships, and guest ticket sales will go to providing free books to Burlington kids.

The Rotary Spelling Bee is raising funds for the Imagination Library Program, which fosters early childhood literacy. The Imagination Library, started and sponsored by Dolly Parton and her foundation, sends a free monthly book to Burlington children ages birth through age five. That’s up to 6 years and 72  free books to each enrolled child!  Thanks to the efforts of Dolly's foundation, our cost in 2021 averaged less than $2.50 per book, but demand is high and we'd love to expand to surrounding communities.  

Burlington Sunrise Rotary has funded this program since 2008 and has recently partnered with the Rotary Club of Burlington to expand this already successful program.  To date, we've provided over 30,000 books to Burlington kids!

Event Details:

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 5:30-8:30pm

Where: Burlington Beer Company, 180 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT, 05401 (directions)

What: It's a Spelling Bee!  Our hosts will provide a word and a contextual example or definition to one of our teams of three spellers from local companies and organizations.  They'll have 30 seconds to confer before one team member steps up to the microphone to pronounce, spell, and again pronounce the word.  Levity is appreciated, but doesn't provide bonus points- spellers will have to know their stuff!

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You may also mail a check payable to Burlington Sunrise Rotary Club to PO Box 4328 Burlington Vermont 05406 or text to donate