In case you missed it, here is the article that the Stevens Point Journal ran in their volunteer section yesterday:
Volunteer highlight: What do 19th century British politics and gall bladder surgeries have in common? Not much, except for their terms, antidisestablishmentarianism and hepaticocholangiocholecystenterostomies respectively, will not fit on a Scrabble board. Many other words in the English language will, however, and the Portage County Literacy Council’s sixth annual UnScrabble on April 1 provides the perfect opportunity to use them.
You might be wondering what in the world an UnScrabble event is. UnScrabble is a fun way of playing Scrabble as a team while putting your etymology skills to test. Here’s how it works: Each team of four players creates words from their shared tiles. They play in three timed games, and the aggregate high score wins.
This unique and exciting annual event also serves as a fundraiser for the Literacy Council to support its efforts to help Portage County adults develop basic math and English literacy skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency and community integration. Volunteers, players and teams are the elements that make this event a success. This year is no different, and the Literacy Council is looking for volunteers to help hand out door prizes, help with registration, sell Scrabble letters, help keep score and even wield the mighty dictionary to check word spellings.
All volunteers work in teams and have fun, while getting to understand how their assistance is helping people in our community learn how to read and write. Come see the reasons that led one player to state, “I have attended from the beginning, and it is always great to share the experience with more and more participants. Winning was secondary to having raised some money and playing the game. I love UnScrabble!”
If you would like to learn more about helping out at the UnScrabble event or to find another volunteer opportunity that fits you, call the United Way of Portage County Volunteer Center at 341-6740 or email@example.com or log on to www.volunteersrock.org.