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Eason, Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery and much more, is calling on schools from across NI to register their primary seven pupils for the 2019 Eason Spelling Bee competition ahead of January 14th deadline.

The nationwide spelling competition, which is now in its ninth year, is part of an overall Eason literacy and reading initiative that is set to encourage and inspire children to develop their spelling and pronunciation skills.

The Eason Spelling Bee is once again partnering with leading Northern Ireland radio stations Cool FM and Downtown to highlight the importance of using literacy and spelling to help instill greater confidence in children from a young age and also have fun while doing so.

Brendan Corbett, Group Head of Marketing at Eason, said; “We’re extremely proud of our Spelling Bee competition! Year after year we’re continually impressed by the high level of spellers that enter from schools across Northern Ireland and we expect this year to be no different. If you haven’t already registered, we encourage you to do so before the fast approaching deadline on January 14th.

“We’re also delighted to once again welcome back the support of Rebecca, Kirstie and the entire team at Cool FM and Downtown Radio this year. We are hoping to build on the success of the previous spelling bees and we know team at Cool FM and Downtown Radio will help us to have fun with the competition and engage with a wide range of audiences across Northern Ireland.”

Speaking at the Spelling Bee launch, Cool FM presenter Rebecca McKinney said; “We’re excited to be back working with the Eason Spelling Bee again this year. We love meeting the contestants each year and getting to watch the competition heat up and unfold right through to the final.”

Kirstie McMurray, presenter Downtown Radio continued, “So, if you consider yourself are a super speller and enjoy a challenge, the Eason Spelling Bee is for you! It’s not just a fantastic initiative to get involved in from an educational point of view, its also great fun!.”

The Spelling Bee competition starts out with registered schools holding their own in-school bee to find their school champion. The Spelling Bee team then travel around the country to hold the County Final Bees, which then leads to four Provincial Finals culminating in the All-Ireland final in June.

The All-Ireland winning school will receive a collection of books for their library to the value of £6,500 and the winner themselves will be awarded a goodie package full of books worth £500 and the prestigious title of the 2019 Eason Spelling Bee champion.

Eason Ltd is Ireland’s largest and oldest standing book retailer in Ireland selling and has more than 60 outlets throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. To find out more and keep up to date with all the 2019 Spelling Bee news visit www.easons.com/spellingbee.

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