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Scrabble competition to benefit Literacy Volunteers

PLATTSBURGH - Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County is playing games.

To help raise money for the volunteer organization, LV-CC will host "Scrabble for Literacy" Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

According to LV-CC VISTA volunteer Arthur Menard, the idea originated with his wife, LV-CC director Norma Menard, who is a big fan of the word game.

"Also, we know that Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties have done this in the past," Menard explained. "So, we're kind of following in their footsteps as well."

One difference LV-CC will have in comparison to LV-Essex/Franklin is they are partnering with two local libraries to promote the event.

The event will be held at the Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak St., and Dodge Memorial Library, 144 Lake St. in Rouses Point.

The Scrabble competition, is one Menard said will hopefully bring in much needed donations.

"[The donations] would be going towards the general support of our program," he explained. "I'm picturing [them going towards] materials for training and materials for students."

Menard said many people may not realize exactly what LV-CC does, and who they help.

"We are a tutoring organization where we tutor one-on-one with adults who want to learn to read better," he said. "Out of roughly 66,000 adults in Clinton County, roughly 8,000 either read or speak at a very low level."

The organization also serves immigrants in the county, with 39 countries represented last year.

"We bring them up to where they can function on the street, in the store," said Menard. "We do help them to be able to know what to say to a doctor. We help them with money, checking. A lot of things."

To help continue the program, the Scrabble competition registration is a $20 tax-deductible donation. They will also accept donations from people who do not want to play, but want to donate.

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