We began RiseToBee with a mission of promoting spelling bees and literacy for all students. Spelling bees are about more than just spelling words correctly- they encourage students to develop literacy and comprehension skills from a young age. As every teacher can attest to, literacy is often the first step to forming critical thinking skills, succeeding in the classroom, and developing awareness of our natural, social, and political environment. Furthermore, spelling bees encourage students to explore language in new lights, through learning new vocabulary, roots, pronunciation, and exploring the cultures and dialects of countries around the world. Ultimately, spelling bees make learning fun, and there is no better skill to develop than literacy!