Monday, May 18, 2009

Spelling Bee 2009 Press Release

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Jack Brandais
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San Diego Unified School District
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Pam Heidler, Spelling Bee Chair, (858) 831-1771,

Fernando Hernandez, Principal, Perkins, 619-525-7482,

Sister Schools of San Diego Sponsors Bi-National Spelling Bee

San Diego, CA –May 20, 2009. Sister Schools of San Diego (SSSD), a non-profit organization centered on cross-cultural understanding, will sponsor a 2nd annual bi-national spelling bee between elementary school students from San Diego and Mexico on Wednesday, May 20th. The event will be held from 4:30-7:00pm at the SDUSD District Office auditorium located at 4100 Normal Street in San Diego.

The goal of the event, organized in part by Sister Schools of San Diego, is to enhance language and cultural learning among first through sixth-grade students and serve as a model for future cross-cultural events. A total of 47 students from eight participating schools will compete in the event, with one participant per grade level representing each of the eight schools. Participating schools include: Capri Elementary, Del Sur Elementary, and Perkins Elementary in San Diego and Instituto Juan Diego, Instituto Defensores de Baja California, Instituto Metropolitano, Colegio Eifel, and Instituto Miguel de Cervantes in Tijuana.

The spelling bee will be conducted in English. Six individual contests will be held by grade level and trophies will be awarded to the first three finishers in each grade. Pizza will be provided by Papa John's Pizza for contestants, family, and friends after the event.

Sister Schools of San Diego is dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding, conquering ignorance, and creating international friendships by connecting schools around the globe. We are constantly developing partnerships with local schools and countries all over the world. For more information about any of our programs, please .contact Liz Hinkle at 858-831-1771 or or visit