Eason Spelling Bee 2016 creates a buzz in NI schools!

Eason, Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery, magazines, cards and much more, are calling all P7 teachers to register now for the 2016 Eason Spelling Bee competition. This comes following the announcement of their media partnership with Cool FM and Downtown Radio for this year’s sixth annual Spelling Bee.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Rebecca McKinney Cool FM breakfast co-presenter said; “We are so delighted to be working with the Eason Spelling Bee and are really looking forward to meeting the contestants and their supporters around Northern Ireland in the lead up to the big final in June.

Kirstie McMurray, breakfast co-presenter Downtown Radio continued, “So if you would like to be in with a chance to win library of books for your primary school then it is time to get involved in this brilliant initiative!”

The nationwide competition is part of an overall Eason literacy and reading initiative that aims to inspire children to develop a greater appreciation of words in a fun and educational way, and to encourage them to perfect their spelling and pronunciation skills.

Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said; “The Eason Spelling Bee continues to go from strength to strength, and in this our 6th year, we will see a record number of schools across Northern Ireland participate. Registration in NI has grown significantly from 12 participants in 2011 to over 1000 in 2015. The competition is not only great fun for the children but it is also very beneficial as spelling is a great way to help develop reading and literacy skills. We’re really looking forward to getting out and meeting this year’s Bees and enjoying the fantastic support from their families, classmates and teachers.”

Now in its sixth year, the Eason Spelling Bee delivers Ireland’s ultimate spelling contest. The competition starts out with registered schools holding their own in-school bee to find their school champion. The Spelling Bee team then travel around the country to hold the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals culminating in the All-Ireland Final in June. Over 1,100 schools have registered for the 2016 competition with children from 5th, 6th class (ROI) and Primary 7 (NI) classes throughout Ireland participating this year.

The All-Ireland wining school will receive a mountain of books for their library to the value of £5,500 and the winner themselves will be awarded a goodie package full of books worth £500 and the prestigious title of the 2016 Eason Spelling Bee champion.

Keep abuzz with all the 2016 Spelling Bee news on www.easons.com/spellingbee and @easons #EasonSpellingBee

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