Brush up on your spelling and grab a team of three - or just come out to watch some friendly competition - for the 2nd annual Adult Spelling Bee competition hosted by the TreeHouse Afterschool Program.

Admission is free to attend the event that will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall and will feature the spelling bee and a silent auction.

“We hope donors and participants will work together to help make this fundraiser an entertaining and successful way to raise money for our children,” Leann Pate, director of TreeHouse, said in a release.

There will be a maximum of eight teams, ages 18 and up, with a registration fee of $100 per team. Teams can also purchase a maximum of two ‘passes’ which allow a team to continue if they misspell a word.

“First, we want everyone to have fun. To alleviate some of the pressure of a traditional spelling bee, teams will be provided with a dry erase board to write out each word and team members will work together to determine the correct spelling,” Jennifer Muncey, committee member, said. “The announcer will pronounce each word to be spelled twice. Teams will have 15 seconds to work together to write the correct spelling.”

There will also be a silent auction to help raise additional funds for the TreeHouse program.

Last year’s event had 42 auction items with a grand total of $4,200 raised for the non-profit organization.

“I would like to double that in the silent auction this year,” Muncey said.

To register for a team, be a sponsor or donate to the silent auction, contact Muncey at 254-592-9083. The deadline to register is Thursday, April 14.

The TreeHouse Afterschool Program provides free child care, mentoring, tutoring, snacks and activities for children in kindergarten-fourth grade.