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Fun with words
Scrabble Fest to raise money for Newton READS

COVINGTON - Newton County READS is hosting its fourth annual Scrabble Fest on April 18, to raise funds for adult literacy programs.

Registration is under way for the event, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Card Student Center at Oxford College.

Participants will compete in two-person teams for cash prizes.

Proceeds will benefit Newton READS programs that teach adults how to read and assist them in obtaining a GED, said Director Janet Hodges.

Scrabble Fest has proven so popular that some participants have formed their own teams to practice throughout the year, she said.

"It's amazing the interest that there's been. We've had some very good players and then some people who come to have some fun and support adult literacy," she said.

In the past, the event has raised between $7,000 and $10,000, but Hodges said this year, due to financial hardships experienced by many, the goal is just to raise as much as possible.

Teams will play in three 30-minute rounds for a chance to win the first place prize of $100 per player; the second place prize of $50; or a third place prize of $25.

Door prizes and a silent auction will have items up for grabs such as artwork by local artists; quilts; and restaurant and retail gift certificates.

Refreshments will be provided.

The cost to play is $25 per person or $50 per team.

While players can pay at the door, registration is requested. To register, call Hodges at 678-342-7943.