The Higgins Middle School’s top 30 spellers celebrated with their families and friends at a potluck dinner on January 26th. The event, held in the Higgins Library, served as an additional practice for the spellers, who will compete at the second annual Spelling Bee at the Northshore Mall. Also attending the potluck dinner was guest “Beemaster” Tom Gould of Treadwell’s Ice Cream, who is also a member of the Peabody City Council and a member of the Peabody Education Foundation.
The students gained their top 30 speller status by proving themselves the best spellers among their respective clusters; there are 10 students from each grade represented. The spellers have just over two weeks to study and prepare for the main event. The Spelling Bee will start at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 16, and will feature a raffle and a silent auction in addition to the competition itself. Included among the auction prizes are 30 framed art pieces created by Higgins students. Funds raised from the raffle and silen auction will benefit the Peabody Education Foundation, particularly its Partners in Education program.