HOUSTON’S PBS STATION BECOMES HOME OF THE BIG SPELLING BEE!

THERE’S A NEW SPONSOR FOR THE BIG COMPETITION!

How do you spell exciting? B-E-E! HoustonPBS/Channel 8 is the new home of the Spelling Bee! When the Houston Chronicle decided to discontinue its sponsorship of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, it recommended HoustonPBS as the new sponsor.   We are excited for this opportunity and proud to continue the tradition and level of excellence that the Chronicle established,” said John Hesse, HoustonPBS General Manager.

 

HoustonPBS is the first public broadcaster to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation’s highest-profile academic event.  The exciting addition this year is that, for the first time, the regional finals will be televised live from the HoustonPBS studios on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

 

The HoustonPBS Spelling Bee is open to all students, in forty-two Texas counties from East Texas to Austin, up to 8th grade. To enter, public, private, parochial, home and charter schools must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee by the October 15 deadline. Schools register at www.spellingbee.com.

 

The HoustonPBS Spelling Bee Champion will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in WashingtonD.C. with an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Bee Week.  Last year’s national champion won over $35,000 in cash and prizes.

 

The purpose of the Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling, increase vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives. Bee participation also provides valuable experience in developing poise – a necessary skill for public speaking, performing arts, and athletics.

For more information visit www.houstonpbs.org/spellingbee  

 

About HoustonPBS

HoustonPBS/Channel 8 serves to empower, engage and enrich the lives of the people of Southeast Texas. HoustonPBS provides content and services that advance civic engagement, create an environment for learning and encourage the exchange of diverse perspectives. Millions of people tune in each month to watch quality programs about culture, arts, science, news, national and world affairs as well as award-winning children’s programming.