LACONIA — The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation Community Spelling Bee is celebrating its 13th consecutive year as a community event on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Laconia High School Auditorium.
In 2001, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation launched its first bee to raise much-needed revenue to cover its operating costs.
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1956 by a handful of dedicated citizens with the goal of promoting and encouraging scholarship opportunities, as well as simplifying the application process for local students, and facilitating the review and selection process for donors.
Since 1956, $4.6 million has been awarded to nearly 4,300 recipients thanks to the generosity of close to 500 donors or donor funds, not including the thousands of individual donors who have contributed to memorial funds or special fundraisers. This past June 214 donors awarded a total of $238,820 to 308 students.
The public is invited to come and root for the spellers on October 17. In fact, each team is encouraged to bring a "cheerleading squad" of their own and of course we will have our annual costume judging for most creative and best-dressed teams. There is no charge for attendance, free door prizes will be drawn between each round of spelling and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase.