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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

What's more annoying than "Back to School" ads that begin running in July, when summer vacation has just begun? Whether as parents or students, I think we all appreciate a little bit of space between the end of the school year and the onslaught of school advertising.

So I hope you'll forgive a little back to school advertising here. The Chamber is very excited to announce a new initiative designed to raise awareness of the activities of our Education and Business Committee and raise needed funds for the Neponset Valley Leadership Institute (NVLI). On Thursday, October 24th, we will hold our first-ever Spelling Bee for member businesses. The event promises to be lots of fun with a little friendly competition as well.

Local businesses can enroll a team of three people to square off against others to see who will earn bragging rights (and a cool "bee" trophy) as the region's best spellers! We are currently recruiting a local celebrity to serve as the official pronouncer of the words and we will have a panel of local school administrators acting as judges.

The NVCC Education and Business Committee is dedicated to strengthening the partnership between local businesses and Neponset Valley Area School Districts and the Spelling Bee is a great way to accomplish that.

Initiated by the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Education and Business Committee in 2002, the NVLI is a fantastic public school program run by The School to Careers Partnership. By design, NVLI connects educational institutions, public leaders and businesses in the Neponset Valley while developing our future leaders for the workforce.

I recently attended the graduation ceremony for the 2013, class of NVLI of about 30 students. As each of the students spoke of their experience in the week long program it became clear how important and beneficial this program is to developing leadership skills in these young students. It's truly an asset to our communities to have a program like this.

The Bee will accommodate 10 teams of three people each, so you need to act quickly to get in on the action. The teams can be from one company or a combination of individuals from separate companies.

Additionally, several sponsorship opportunities exist for you to show your support of this great cause - preparing today's students to be tomorrow's leaders and workforce. To learn how your company can benefit by supporting this program click here. If you don't have the budget to sponsor the program you can still show your support with an inexpensive ad in our program book. Click for ad rates.

And for those who can't spell you can join us at the event on Thursday, October 24, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Four Points Sheraton, Norwood by purchasing a ticket. There will be a social hour prior to the Bee featuring appetizers and a cash bar. Then you can stay and cheer on your favorite team. Click here to register.

We hope you will show your support for our area students and schools by joining in on this fun, new program!