Scrabble at the Beach to support Literacy Delaware

Last November, the First Annual Happy Hour Scrabble at the Beach was a tremendously successful and fun event, organizers noted this week. “Participants left saying, ‘Let us know when the next event is! We had a great time.’”

Of the 17 teams that competed against each other last year Team Spellbound was the winner. Their names are now engraved on the Scrabble at the Beach trophy. Literacy Delaware was able to raise money for supplies and other costs associated with its volunteer program of helping adults — and thereby families — throughout Delaware learn to read.

This year, on Nov. 6, Literacy Delaware hopes to have more teams from the various new communities throughout Sussex County competing for bragging rights. The event calls for teams of four players — not competing against each other, but against the other teams. The teams of four come up with words that will be scored against the other teams’ words. There will be three rounds of games — some with a different twist or theme.

In addition, this year, a full Peninsula Gourmet dinner is included with the $50-per-person registration fee, with drinks available all evening. A new silent auction joins the affle prizes and 50/50 drawing.

“Our 2nd Annual Scrabble at the Beach promises to be even more fun and more successful than last year!” organizers said.

Literacy Delaware is a free program for adult students who are paired up with volunteer tutors from local communities.

“The literacy statistics in the United States, including Delaware, are astonishing,” organizers said. “One in six adults reads below the third-grade level. In Delaware, that translates to approximately 50,000 adults.

“This means that these individuals cannot read medicine labels and directions, cannot help children with homework, cannot fill out a job application, cannot read a story to their children or grandchildren, cannot read traffic signs, cannot read a bank statement — all things that most people take for granted daily.”

“The implications reach deep into employment statistics, government assistance and poverty rolls, health issues and crime stats,” they said, with 72 percent of children from families of non-reading adults also becoming non-readers.

“With 200 tutors, many of whom are in Sussex County, Literacy Delaware is reaching as many adults needing help as possible. But, with the public’s help, it can reach many more.”

The cost of materials alone is now more than $200 per student annually. With fundraisers such as Scrabble at the Beach, Literacy Delaware will continue its mission of assisting adult learners to realize their potential as confident, self-sufficient and productive members of their communities.

The Second Annual Scrabble at the Beach will take place at The Peninsula Golf & Country Club at 26937 Bay Farm Road, Millsboro, on Nov. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Registration must be completed by Oct. 26. Registration for the event may be done online at literacydelaware.org. For further information, call (302) 658-5624.