scrabble_diamondAcross the United States and Canada, Scrabble is being used to boost literacy and raise money for literacy programs in schools, libraries, and community centers.

Here are a few examples, just from the last week or two:

  • Oakland, CA: An elementary school teacher has raised literacy for 3,000 students over the last 22 years using Scrabble. (source)
  • Shreveport, LA: Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College is sponsoring a tournament. (source)
  • St Catherines, ON: The Niagara Regional Literacy Council is sponsoring a fundraiser tournament. (source)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC: The Horry County Literacy Council is hosting a challenge as a fundraiser. (source)
  • Amherst, NY: The Rotary Club of Amherst East recently held a fest to raise awareness about literacy. (source)
  • Morgantown, WV: The Monongalia County Literacy Volunteers recently held a tournament to raise funds and awareness. (source)
  • Buffalo, NY: The Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County are asking local players to host fundraisers in their houses. (source)
  • Bentonville, AK: The Literacy Council of Benton County held it’s annual Scrabble Wars, raising over $12,000. (source)
  • Emporia, KS: The Emporia Literacy Program held a scramble as a benefit. (source)
  • New Haven, CT: The Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Have will try to match or beat last year’s total raised: $17,800. (source)
  • Evansville, IN: The Literacy Center held a fundraiser tournament in February. (source)
  • Danville, IL: The Reader’s Group is holding a fundraiser tournament in April. (source)
  • Toronto, CA: Frontier College, a literacy group, hosted a corporate fundraiser tournament yesterday. (source)
  • Newton, NJ: The Literacy Volunteers of Sussex County will host a fundraiser tournament. (source)
  • Stamford, CT: The Literacy Volunteers of Stamford/Greenwich will host their own fundraiser tournament in May. (source)

And so on. Anywhere you go, you’ll find a Scrabble group helping literacy.