Spelling Bee

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee is a Regional bee affiliated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winner wins a trip to compete in the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee! Spelling bees help students improve their spelling, expand their vocabularies, learn language concepts, and develop correct English usage, plus composure under the spotlight, that will help them all of their lives. 

2023 Bee

Important 2023 Dates

Dates to remember for this year's Bee:

  • January 15 - Deadline to register for the Spelling Bee with Scripps
  • January 31 - School Spelling Bee results entered on Scripps website
  • February 28 - Qualifying Spelling Bees at multiple sites
  • March 28 - Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Be at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Registration for Schools

Schools is Allegan, Barry, Kent, Muskegon (in some years), Newaygo and Ottawa counties may register to participate in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Each county holds its own Qualifying Bee(s) with winners going on to compete in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee.

Schools need to register directly with Scripps at spellingbee.com. The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee is for students in grades 3-8.

Register with Scripps National Spelling Bee

You MUST register with Scripps no later than January 15, 2023 to participate in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. There is no longer a late fee for registration after September 30. It is no longer necessary to register separately with Kent ISD.


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

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 or Individual 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 Greater 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 or call 616-365-2284. To connect with Kent ISD, call 616-364-1333.