Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula, Inc., has extended the registration period until Jan. 11 for public, private and home-school groups for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Program director Rhoda-Jo Stress said Adult Literacy is reverting to its previous approach to working with participants. Once a school is registered and spellers are known, ALMP volunteers will become the coaches for the students and prepare the students for the school, district and finally, the Gloucester-Mathews Regional Spelling Bee on March 15, 2014.
Each registered school and homeschool group will be eligible to send a total of eight student participants to the regional event. Schools are able to register online at www.spellingbee.com, paying the $120 base fee plus $75 late registration fee. Home-school groups pay $89 plus the $75 late registration fee. The original fee deadline was Oct. 15; the first extension deadline was Dec. 13.
Once the registration fee is paid, word lists will be given to student participants upon the completion of individual registrations forms which will be available through each elementary and middle school office and in the lobbies of local libraries. Students in grades 3-8 are eligible to participate in the spelling bee with 15 years of age being the age limit.