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Watertown spelling bee raises $10k for local teaching fund

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 12, 2014 03:06 PM

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A Watertown spelling bee held late last month raised $10,000 for a teaching grant that benefits local public schools, according to organization officials.

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Watertown Education Foundation
The spelling bee's fifth-grade winners.
The money will benefit the Watertown Education Foundation's Teacher Grant Fund, which provides funding for classroom and school-wide initiatives in Watertown's public schools, according to the organization.

The spelling bee, held Jan. 26, saw more than 220 students from Hosmer, Lowell and Cunniff elementary schools competing in the event.

The winning team's fifth grade members -- Harriet Neeley, Maud Neeley, and Ennya Papastoitsis -- each won $50 donated by Belmont Savings Bank, along with a trophy.

The foundation, which has already given $27,500 to Watertown educators this academic year, will also hold fundraising events this spring. There will be a "Dancing with the Stars" competition on March 14, and a town-wide "Trivia Night" at a to-be-determined date in the late spring, organization representatives said.

For more information, visit the foundation's official website.

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