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LiteracyCNY Announces 9th Annual SCRABBLEMania!

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2019
Marsha L. Tait, LiteracyCNY
315-471-1300 X171

LiteracyCNY Announces 9th Annual SCRABBLEMania Tournament

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — LiteracyCNY is hosting its 9th annual SCRABBLEMania Tournament at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

“We’re very excited about holding the event at the beautifully renovated Marriott Syracuse Downtown this year,” said Marsha L. Tait, LiteracyCNY’s Executive Director. “The tournament will be in the Finger Lakes Ballroom; and the refreshments, entertainment, and raffle prizes will be in the adjacent foyer, the Cavalier Room and the lobby, giving us plenty of room to host the large group that is expected.”

At the SCRABBLEMania Tournament, teams of 8-10 players compete against each other to build the highest possible scoring SCRABBLE® board in three 25-minute rounds of play. Prizes will be awarded to each Round Champion, and one team will be named the Grand Champion.

Many local companies and organizations start practicing to compete in the fall. Bowers & Company said, “SCRABBLEMania has become so popular with our employees and customers that we are now filling two tables every year!”

The event includes game playing, refreshments, raffle prizes, and live entertainment from internationally acclaimed jazz musician and six-time SAMMY award winner Ronnie Leigh. 93Q’s Ted and Amy will return as celebrity emcees.

All proceeds help provide adults in Central New York with the literacy skills they need to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and become economically self-sufficient.

For attendees who have not participated before, photos and video are available at

For inquiries about corporate sponsorships, tables and individual tickets, please contact LiteracyCNY at 315-471-1300 x172. Additional event details, registration link, scores and more from #2018SCRABBLEMania are online at

About LiteracyCNY

LiteracyCNY’s mission is to provide adults in Central New York with the literacy tools and skills that they need to be contributing, productive, and engaged members of the community. We do this by advocating for adult education, providing instruction, and partnering with other community based agencies. Improving access to adult literacy addresses inter-generational poverty and makes our community stronger. LiteracyCNY enrolled more than 450 adult students last year and consistently exceeds its NYS Department of Education mandates.
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LiteracyCNY Receives Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant

May 10, 2018 06:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $8.3 million to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools. The grants seek to support the Foundation’s commitment to advancing adult, family and summer literacy programs throughout the communities that Dollar General (NYSE: DG) serves.

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others”

“We are honored to fund literacy and education initiatives, which support our mission of Serving Others,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018 and a legacy of helping people improve their lives through literacy and education. Including the grants announced today, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $154 million in funding to help more than 10 million people. We believe these programs can have a positive impact on the communities we serve and we look forward to continuing to partner with organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”

Grant recipients plan to use the awarded funds to promote literacy and learning across a variety of programs including: promoting childhood summer reading, helping adults learn to read and prepare for the high school equivalency exam, and helping individuals to learn English. With more than 35 million American adults reading at the lowest level of literacy and 63 percent of fourth graders reading below a proficient level, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation believes that these targeted programs can deliver immediate and long-term impact.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 17, 2018. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new literacy efforts or expanding existing ones. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs.

A complete list of today’s grant recipients and applications for youth literacy grants are available online at

Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs. Through partnerships with national literacy organizations like the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, XPRIZE Foundation and the American Libraries Association, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $154 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit

Adult Literacy Champion Barbara Bush Passes Away at Age 92

Former First Lady Mrs. Barbara Bush once said,“The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard.  If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.”

Mrs. Bush used her position and influence as First Lady to champion the cause of adult and family literacy.

Over the years, Mrs. Bush and LiteracyCNY Founder Ruth Colvin enjoyed a close friendship.  On the occasion of Mrs. Colvin’s 100th birthday party at the Syracuse Marriott Downtown, Mrs. Bush (honorary chair of the event) sent video-taped birthday greetings to Mrs. Colvin.  Click here to watch her message.

Although Mrs. Bush led a full and remarkable life, those of us who work in the field of adult education will always remember her as a strong and passionate advocate for adult literacy.

You can read more about the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy here.