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Scrabble tournament planned for literacy awareness

Winners from the 2012 Scrabble Tournament for first place was Norman Swift (right) from Ticonderoga. Katy Adams of Northville took second place(left), and Linda Gerardi (center)from Ticonderoga placed third.

Winners from the 2012 Scrabble Tournament for first place was Norman Swift (right) from Ticonderoga. Katy Adams of Northville took second place(left), and Linda Gerardi (center)from Ticonderoga placed third.

— What is a eight letter, 11 point word for literacy? The answer is Scrabble.

The Literacy Volunteers of Essex/ Franklin Counties will be holding its Winter Scrabble Tournament and Scrabble Day on Saturday, March 2, in Saranac Lake and Port Henry.

The Saranac Lake event will be held at St. Bernard’s School, 63 River St. The Port Henry event will be held at the Literacy Volunteers’ offices located at 3265 Broad St.

“Scrabble is a game a lot of people don’t pick up as much anymore, everyone plays Words With Friends on their phones even though its the same thing,” Director of the Literacy Volunteers Maria Burke said.

The literacy group has been holding Scrabble Tournaments throughout their coverage region of over 3,000 miles and two counties since 2004. Burke said the event is a positive way to advocate for adult literacy and raise awareness for the group.

“We really like holding this event and what better way to promote literacy than with a game that has been doing that for years,” Burke said. “We wanted to have a Scrabble Day as opposed to two tournaments on different days, just hoping to hold an event in each county we serve and spread the awareness that we are here and we are here for the people in our communities.”

The Literacy center aims to help adult members of the community that need help through one-on-one, student-centered literacy instruction to enable adults with limited literacy proficiencies to achieve personal, job-related and family goals, and to enhance their ability to contribute to their community. The mission of LV-Essex/Franklin Counties is to enable people (primarily adults) to achieve their personals goals through literacy. Burke said many of the learners who benefit from their programs were unsuccessful in a traditional classroom setting, but by working one-on-one with a trained volunteer tutor, they improve not only their education but their self-esteem as well.

The tournaments will begin at 12:30 p.m. with registration and the first of three games will begin at 1 p.m.

Prizes will go to the top three winners. Burke said prizes will vary and include gift certificates to local businesses in Saranac Lake and Port Henry.

Registration cost is $10 per person- refreshments included.

For more information about the tournament or to register contact the main Literacy Volunteers office in Port Henry at 546-3008 or the Saranac Lake office at 891-5567.

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