GEF has grand plans for the Gran-Bee

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By Kim Becker

“Hiving” a hankering for trivia? “Bee-ing” grumpy about the winter weather? The “buzz” that has people thinking Spring is the 14th Annual Gran-Bee on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Trivia questions on topics ranging from Granby, music, and history plus jokes, and silly costumes make a fun family event.
Want to “bee” a part of it? There is still time to register your swarm, um, team of friends, colleagues, or civic organizations. This event draws participation from local businesses, community groups, and friends and families across the community.
Some of your favorite teams and players will be back along with the Bee’s busiest sponsors. Local “buzz-nesses” have supported the Bee for many years, including Simsbury Bank, the Farmington Valley YMCA, Northwest Bank, Lost Acres Orchard, MeadowBrook of Granby, and Arrow Concrete Products. New to the hive are Offshore Construction Inc. and The Office Works.

Last year’s winners, The Bee S’s, walked away with handsome trophies and a six-month individual membership to the Farmington Valley YMCA. The Bee-verly Hillbillies won the coveted Yellow Jacket Crown winners for best costume.
The Gran-Bee is the largest fundraiser for the Granby Education Foundation. Since its inception in 2000, the GEF has supported projects throughout the community such as the Salmon Brook music series, the outdoor performance stage at Valley Pre-School, the Summer Drama Academy with Hartford Stage, and seed money for the high school robotics and DECA clubs. GEF’s first project was the Salmon Brook Ecology Center in which middle and high school students learn to become environmental stewards.
GEF impacts both the schools and the community by increasing knowledge and skills, expanding perspectives, and enriching understanding. As part of its mission, GEF “encourage[s] educators, within our schools and throughout the community, to find new ways to make learning dynamic and challenging.”
Team registration forms and business sponsorship forms are on the Granby Education Foundation website at Teams of three people aged 16 or older may register for $150.