On Thursday, April 8th 32 teams battled it out on Zoom spelling 35 words that stumped even the savviest spellers. As one of the oldest spelling bees in the nation, the First Literacy Corporate Spelling Bee brings together spellers from some of Boston’s top investment, legal, real estate, and software industries.

This year marked the 31st year of the Bee and the first-ever virtual Corporate Spelling Bee.

In 2020 we were forced to cancel the Bee due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Terry Witherell, Executive Director at First Literacy. “This year we were determined to come up with a creative way to host our largest annual fundraising event. During these challenging times, our adult learners need support more than ever so cancelling the Bee again wasn’t an option.”

This year’s event was like no other, the virtual friendly competition raised over $217,500 to support adult literacy efforts throughout Massachusetts. A total of 69 spellers participated in the Bee and close to 100 people tuned in to watch the event and play along with the First Literacy Spelling Bee App. Words like zugenruhe, sastrugi, and guerdon challenged even the best spellers.

American Moving & Installation, Inc. is proud to have sponsored 1 of the 32 teams who competed, and believes in First Literacy’s mission of funding innovation in adult literacy to change lives and vision supporting the front line in adult education, teachers, tutors, program administrators and students benefit. Over the years, this non-profit organization has:

  • helped 50,000+ adults improve their lives and their families’ futures by achieving their educational goals
  • raised awareness and allocated more than $6 million for adult literacy
  • given thousands of hours of free technical assistance to literacy programs and professional development to teachers
  • awarded 500 college scholarships

At American Moving, we seek to make a difference in our community, and one of our partnerships is with First Literacy, Inc., an organization that creates life changing educational opportunities for adults in Massachusetts!