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Scrabble Tournament Hopes To Promote Literacy

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 279

ScrabbleThe Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition was hoping to promote literacy in Galesburg, Saturday.

The group hosted a scrabble tournament where proceeds were designed to go toward the literacy programs offered through the coalition. Any age level could participate in yesterday’s scrabble tournament, but mostly students got themselves involved.

Literacy Coordinator Karen Avalos tells WGIL their organization is in need of volunteers.

“The important thing is to spend the time, spend an hour a week helping the adults,” says Avalos. “we do work with adults 17 and older not in public school and these are people who are very eager to learn and they immediately apply what they are learning in their daily lives.”

The Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition is part of ProLiteracy Worldwide which encourages local programs to host similar events.

Two Americorp volunteers were able to help set up the event yesterday. Scrabble was also offered in Spanish and in French to accommodate as many participants as possible.

Avalos says the Literacy Coalition has tripled the number of people they’re serving over the last seven years.