Scrabble tournament set to aid literacy mission

By RUDY COGGINS
Of The Record Staff
Posted 9/20/22

Palms damp and pulse racing, you contemplate your next move.

Do you need a short word?

Should you use “-ing” to boost your score?

Or is playing it safe the best strategy?

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Scrabble tournament set to aid literacy mission

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Palms damp and pulse racing, you contemplate your next move.

Do you need a short word?

Should you use “-ing” to boost your score?

Or is playing it safe the best strategy?

No matter the decision, strategically-placed tiles could make you the next amateur and advanced Scrabble champion during the annual tournament sponsored by Triangle South Literacy Works.

The event is Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Triangle South Enterprise Center, 600 S. Magnolia Ave., Dunn.

“It’s a fun way to meet other people, especially if you like board games and it’s a fun way to give back to your community,” said long-time Literacy Works volunteer Claudia Farr.

“Everyone always has fun.”

Separate tables are set up for amateur and advanced players. Each group plays two games and keeps individual scores.

Normal Scrabble rules apply.

Farr said the atmosphere grows quiet when the games begin.

“Everybody is concentrating,” she said. “If you want to look up a word or make a challenge, they raise their hand. I’ll come over to their table with a dictionary and I’ll look up the word.”

Players can take food breaks, bid on silent-auction items, participate in a raffle and win door prizes.

All proceeds benefit the Triangle South Literacy Works, which provides literacy resources to learners of all backgrounds and ages. Funds also pay the salary for the director and one coordinator, who oversees purchasing books that tutors need for instruction.

The first time Farr stepped into the Triangle South building and received training to become a tutor 12 years ago, she immediately knew she was in the right place.

“[I] found the mission, thought it was a good one and realized that it makes a difference in peoples’ lives,” Farr said. “[I] did some tutoring and I’ve been on the [mission] board. I’ve found it to be a pretty positive experience.”

Adults 16-and-over are tutored in reading, writing, speaking, math, computer skills, English as a second language, workforce skills and financial literacy.

Triangle South Literacy Works doesn’t have a large classroom.

Tutors either work one on one or in small groups. Farr said TSLW likes to match up clients with tutors who live in the same neighborhood. It eliminates travel issues and helps those who might have a job and family, or they’re taking care of grandparents.

Farr prefers one-on-one.

“I like to invest my time in someone’s interests, get to know the person and hopefully be successful with it,” Farr said. “The people that come to us, I respect. They’re heroes and have been brave enough to figure out something is wrong and they need help in certain areas.

“That’s a tough decision to walk through our door and get matched up with a tutor. Literacy is needed to be good parents, workers, local consumers and participating citizens. It gives confidence in yourself and how you can fit into your community.”

Literacy Works is offering tutor training Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Triangle South Enterprise Center. The session includes the basics of adult education, how the agency works, how to approach people and learn about the resources available to tutor adults.

Interested tutors must have a high school diploma.

For more information, call 910-891-4111 by Oct. 7 to confirm attendance.

Rudy Coggins can be reached at rcoggins@mountolivetribune.com or at 910-230-2038.

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