DARTMOUTH — The Dartmouth Education Foundation (DEF) is hosting the 8th annual Spelling Bee to support the town's public school teachers from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Dartmouth High School Auditorium.

The event, which is free to attend and watch, will feature 29 teams of three members, consisting of school teachers, administrators, community organizations, and citizens in support of schools. They will compete for bragging rights and for the traveling trophy that displays all previous winners, according to a news release.

There will be five rounds referred to as “flights” in keeping with the bee theme, and the winning team from each flight will compete in the final championship flight.

New this year, organizers are offering and “In it to Win it” games in the auditorium from 6-7 p.m. as audience members arrive. "This will help create a buzzzzz for the bee and will be fun for the whole family," organizers said in the release. In addition, all audience members and spelling bee participants will receive a ticket and be entered to win gift certificates and fun prizes between spelling rounds. Prizes include gift cards to Dunkin Donuts, AMC, IHOP, Naughty Dogs, Osprey Sea & Sport, Oxford Creamery, Not Your Average Joe's, Farm & Coast, Little Moss, Cask & Pig, and Lloyd Center & Buttonwood Zoo Memberships. Final prize drawing before Championship Flight will be (2) tickets to see the Bruins play the Canadians on Jan. 14, 2019.

The Spelling Bee is the sole fundraiser for the DEF, which uses the money raised to fund teacher grants for Dartmouth teachers. "We could not hold this event without the generous support of individuals and local businesses that have donated to sponsor a team or a flight. Each patron donating will be listed in the program, and we encourage to you thank them on the behalf of the teachers in Dartmouth," organizer said in the release.

Last year, every school in the Dartmouth Public Schools was represented and 18 grants were funded for a total amount topping $14,500. 

Lara Stone, Chair of the DEF Advisory Council, said, in a statement, that “The Dartmouth Education Foundation awards funds to teachers for projects and initiatives that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to accomplish. We appreciate the ability to further innovation and support instructional learning.”

Examples of projects that were funded include technology equipment, literacy materials, new books, curriculum, software, and more.

The Dartmouth Education Foundation is an endowed fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern MA. The fund was founded in 2007 by parents and citizens in Dartmouth concerned about the consequences of decreased public funding on the quality of education in the town’s public schools.

For more information about the Teacher Grants Program and the Spelling Bee, visit www.defma.org