EASON LAUNCHES 2017 SPELLING BEE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COOL FM & DOWNTOWN RADIO

February 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. PRESS RELEASE IMAGE Friday 17th February 2017 Photographer Darren Kidd / Press Eye THE 2017 EASON SPELLING BEE CREATES A BUZZ IN NORTHERN IRELAND BEE prepared as Ireland's ultimate spelling contest is open for entries Pictured are Christian Simms (11), Ronan Jordan (11) and Abi Toland (11), P7 pupils from Rockport School and breakfast presenters Rebecca Mc Kinney from Cool FM & Kirstie McMurray from Downtown Radio at the launch of the 2017 Eason Spelling Bee in Northern Ireland. The competition is in its seventh year and it is designed to encourage fun in spelling and to inspire and develop child literacy. It is open to all P7 primary school children across Northern Ireland and schools can register to take part at www.easons.com/spellingbee Schools in each county will compete against each other in "County Bees" to decide the County Winner. These winners will then take part in the Ulster provincial final and the four provincial winners from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and will spell it out at the All-Ireland Final in June.
Pictured are Christian Simms (11), Ronan Jordan (11) and Abi Toland (11), P7 pupils from Rockport School and Peter Murdock from Eason with breakfast presenters Rebecca Mc Kinney from Cool FM & Kirstie McMurray from Downtown Radio at the launch of the 2017 Eason Spelling Bee in Northern Ireland. 

 Eason, Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, stationery, magazines, cards and much more, are calling on all P7 teachers from across Northern Ireland to register now for the 2017 Eason Spelling Bee competition. This comes following the announcement of their media partnership with Cool FM and Downtown Radio for this year’s seventh annual Spelling Bee. 

The nationwide competition is part of an overall Eason literacy and reading initiative to encourage and inspire children to develop their spelling and pronunciation skills. Over the years the competition has helped school children gain a greater appreciation of words in a fun and educational way.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Rebecca McKinney Cool FM co-presenter said; “We are so delighted to be working with the Eason Spelling Bee again this year and are really looking forward to meeting all of the contestants and their supporters around Northern Ireland in the lead up to the big final in June.”

Kirstie McMurray, co-presenter Downtown Radio continued, “So if you are a super speller and you would like to be in with a chance to win library of books for your primary school then it is time to get involved in this brilliant Eason initiative!”

The Eason Spelling Bee holds the record of over 100 schools participating in Northern Ireland and this year looks set to smash that record, all the while helping students to develop their reading and literacy skills in a fun and creative way.

Alan Johnston, Group Marketing Manager at Eason, said; “We’re delighted to welcome Rebecca and Kirstie back again this year. They bring a lot of fun and excitement to Eason Spelling Bee and engage a wide range of audiences across Northern Ireland. This year, we’re hoping to build on the great success of 2016 and encourage everyone to get out there and support their local spelling bees.”

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 £400 and the prestigious title of the 2017 Eason Spelling Bee champion.

Keep abuzz with all the 2017 Spelling Bee news on www.easons.com/spellingbee and @easons #EasonSpellingBee