Spelling Bee

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee is a qualifying bee. The winner earns a spot and a trip to the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee! Spelling bees helps students to improve their spelling, expand their vocabularies, learn language concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives. 

2021 Bee

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 6:30 pm

Important 2021 Dates

Dates to remember for this year's Bee:

  • School Spelling Bee Results reported to County Coordinator by January 19th
  • Regional Spelling Bees on February 23th - Multiple Regional Sites
  • Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee on March 16th - Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Regional Spelling Bee Sites

Check out the list of sites for the Regional Bee held on February, 23. 



2 Step Registration for Schools

Schools need to register with both Scripps AND the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee in two steps. The spelling bee is for students grades 3-8. 

Step 1:

Register with Scripps National Spelling Bee

You MUST register with Scripps no later than December 18th to participate in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. There is no longer a late fee for registration. 

Step 2:

Register your school with the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee (please fill out by Dec. 18, 2020) Please note this form is only for Kent ISD schools. Allegan, Barry, Newaygo and Ottawa schools should contact their county spelling bee coordinator.


If you are interested in having your child participate in the Spelling Bee, please contact your child's school building for more information.

What will your donation do for the Spelling Bee?

Donations support study aids, regional awards, printing, postage, Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee refreshments and incentives, and help send our winner to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Sponsorship Levels

Business Sponsorship Levels

See details of what each sponsorship includes

  • $3,500 Presenting Sponsor  
  • $1,500-$3,499 Honey Hive 
  • $750-1,499 Honey Pot
  • $500-$749 Bee Keeper
  • $250-$499 Honey Bee 
  • Other

Foundation Sponsorship Levels

Multiple sponsorship levels allow foundations to select the one that fits them best.

  • $1,000 helps pay to get our Great Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Champion to the Scripps National Spelling Bee
  • $500 helps pay for Study Guides for students
  • $250 helps pay for snacks for student participants during regional spelling bees
  • Other

Considering a donation?

Please contact Mary Nell Baldwin.