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Scrabble Social aids literacy efforts

March 4th, 2012 11:45 pm by staff report

For adults with limited reading skills, it can be a struggle to function in everyday life. In Sullivan County alone, there are around 14,000 adults who have some issue with reading.

The Literacy Council of Kingsport provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults and qualified children to improve their reading and writing skills. To raise money to help the non-profit accomplish this, LCK will hold its Sixth Annual Savvy Scrabble Social — Game Night Fundraiser at The Club at Ridgefields on Thursday night.

The event will feature competitive games of Scrabble, hors d’oeuvres, prizes and a silent auction.

Check-in at Ridgefields and social time will begin at 6 p.m. Following a brief introduction outlining the rules of the evening, play will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be up to three rounds of bracketed play followed by a championship round. Player prizes will be awarded. There will also be door prizes throughout the evening.

Silent auction items include one-of-a-kind items like a Fenton glass vase, a Bob Schrader handmade wooden bowl, a piece of pottery by Ashley McConnell Hobbs, a framed photo by Miklos Bus, a P. Buckley Moss pencil sketch, Bristol Motor Speedway tickets, golf outings, items from Diamond Exchange and Baker’s Jewelers, and Dollywood tickets.

Scrabble players need to bring their own game boards. Participants can sponsor a table and field a four-person team of players. Individual registered play is also offered, or team play with other registered players as partners can be requested. A “gaze and graze” option is also offered to those who just want to visit with friends.

The Literacy Council of Kingsport is a United Way agency, and the mission is to provide tutoring for adults and qualified children to improve their reading and writing skills and to be an advocate for literacy within the greater Kingsport community. English for Speakers of Other Languages adult students are also assisted by trained LCK tutors. Additionally, at the request of local schools and youth organizations, LCK tutors work with children, and volunteers assist those who may be behind in their reading skills.

All proceeds from the Savvy Scrabble Social will benefit the LCK. For more information or to register, call 392-4643, e-mail or visit

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