RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Master spellers, take note: a local nonprofit, which teaches Richmond Public Schools students to express themselves through creative writing, will host a spelling bee next week. The RVA Awesome Adult Spelling Bee is the adults’ chance to show off their “word nerd” skills.
The Podium Foundation’s 4th Annual RVA Awesome Adult Spelling Bee takes place Wednesday, May 6 from 4:30-7 p.m. at Hardywood Brewery. Local businesses and organizations send teams to compete in the bee; whichever team has the best spelling skills wins a trophy, plus bragging rights. All the proceeds of the event will fund the Podium Foundation’s youth creative writing programs.
“Youth learn writing and speaking skills to help them succeed now, and help prepare them for college and their future careers,” explains Lindy Bumgarner, Executive Director of the Podium Foundation. “Bee proceeds pay for workshop materials and costs for Podium’s annual literary journal, which publishes the writing and art created by youth in Podium’s programs.”
This is the fourth year of the event, which has gained more support from the Richmond community with each passing year. Last year’s Bee participants included McGuireWoods, Capital One, West Cary Group and several others. The Richmond-Times Dispatch team came in first place at last year’s bee; Richmond Magazine won second place.
The Podium Foundation began in 2008 and has been helping Richmond high school students improve their creative writing and expression skills since that time. Podium offers a variety of programs and workshops for students, including after-school writing clubs. Podium also provides Richmond Public Schools teachers with professional development training to strengthen their creative skills.
“Each year, Podium hosts T3 Academy workshops in which professionals offer guidance for better writing instruction in the classroom,” reads Podium’s website.
There is still time for businesses and other groups to register a team: find more information here or call 804-921-2328 to register.