Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learn to Read Racks Up the Points with Scrabble Tournament; the Group Raised More Than $27,000 with Help from Some Word Lovers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learn to Read Racks Up the Points with Scrabble Tournament; the Group Raised More Than $27,000 with Help from Some Word Lovers

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

The real winning word was learn.

And all 16 teams at Learn To Read's 11th annual Letters For Literacy Scrabble Soiree had to use it before they racked up more words.

But what's with these?

Norwood Supply added queasing. It's OK - this game's rules encourage teams to make up words as long as they bribe the judge for charity.

Xiphoid may look fake, but it's a small extension to the lower part of a human's sternum. Then there was umiaq - a word the academic team from Florida Community College at Jacksonville used. (It's an Eskimo boat.)

"We had a very strong team, a diversified approach, and I think we came up with some original words," said team leader Margo Martin, the school's dean of instruction. "I think people were expecting zyzzyvas [a tropical American weevil)]out of us again, and we became quite quizzical in our efforts."

Learn To Read trains volunteers to improve the reading and writing skills and overall literacy of 500 adults a year in a city where statistics show one in five adults can't read. To raise money for classes held at the LTR office at 2747 Art Museum Drive, staff hold a number of fundraisers, from the Scrabble Soiree to Kiss the Pig for Literacy. In this case, teams paid $500 each to play for 30 minutes to build the highest-scoring Scrabble board. They could pay $5 for another vowel, $10 per consonant or $15 to peek at a dictionary, or they could bribe a judge for nonsense words.

The soiree is a lot of fun, for a lot of needed funds, said LTR Executive Director Heather Corey.

"We have a lot of catching up to do because donations are down," Corey said. "It was a true blessing from the local community to come out and support Learn to Read, especially during these rough times."

And it means a lot to the people who learn to read, said student Engie Wilson, from Haiti.

"At first I was struggling in the program, but now I am really in the right place and get the help I need," she said. …

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