Scrabble tournament raises money, awareness for literacy program

In just one month, on January 29th, Bridgerland Literacy will be hosting its 5th annual Scrabble Scramble at the Skyroom in the USU Taggart Student Center. Director Danielle Bird says the event helps raise funds for Bridgerland Literacy and also raises awareness to the mission of the program, which is to help adults and struggling youth learn to read. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Bird invited the public to participate as players, spectators or sponsors. “We have a lot of teams,” Bird said. “They compete based on their skill.” Bird said a few things have changed since their inaugural event a few years ago. “We also, last year, added youth teams, so 6th to 12th grade can compete against each other.” Money is raised for the literacy program in a number of different ways, more than just registering teams. “We also have a silent auction as part of the event,” Bird says. “We ask teams to collect pledges through selling Scrabble letters. So we have Scrabble letters and when they purchase one they can get into the event as a spectator.” She says the cost for a team is just $50 and it includes good food, a chance to win prizes and plenty of fun with other Cache Valley residents. For more information call 716-9141.

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