Literacy program to hold Scrabble tourney

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

COVINGTON -- Scrabble enthusiasts, get ready.

Newton County READS, a nonprofit literacy agency assisting adult learners, is holding its sixth annual Scrabble Tournament.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oxford College Student Center.

"It's very popular," said Renee Jones, executive director of Newton County READS. "We've had such a request for it. There are certainly some Scrabble aficionados around town."

During the event, teams of two players each will compete for prizes from local businesses such as food gift certificates and paintings. The ultimate champions will be crowned the king and queen and receive trophies.

"It's a fun family game and shows people about literacy and how fun it can be," Jones said. "You have some who are very serious and you have some who just want to play."

It's open to anyone age 8 years old and up.

The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Guests can register in advance by calling 678-342-7943 or the day of the event.

Those unable to attend the event still can make a donation.

The event is an annual fundraiser for the literacy programs and goes to fund scholarships for adult learners on fixed or low incomes and provides materials for students in the program.

Last year's event raised $5,000, which is the goal for this year. In the past, it has raised up to $7,000, Jones said.