Guest post from Bob Schroeder-LCBC Board of Directors – President Emeritus-Literacy Council of Benton County
“It is as important in America today to teach an adult to read as it is to teach a child.” John Corcoran – The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read
The Literacy Council of Benton County in Arkansas would like to invite everyone to help support our 11th Annual Scrabble Wars featuring an exclusive Scrabble tournament as well as a silent auction. Our group contains teachers, photographers, librarians, sports fans, clergy, philosophers, professors, lay scientists, theologians, scholars, history aficionados, businessmen, and voracious readers interested in a multitude of subjects, I know the bidding will be fierce.
In the past we’ve had books from England, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Israel, South Africa, Canada, Norway, France, Sweden, Scotland and now Italy. Authors who have donated include Elie Weisel, Walter Williams, Pat Conroy, Tony Blair, Tim Russert, John le Carre, Daniel Dennett, S.M. Boyce, Steven Pinker, Stephen Coonts, Sally Ride, Brad Thor, Niall Ferguson, Paul Sussman, Dava Sobel, Michael Shermer, Clive Cussler and others. Many writers have helped us out in multiple years. We’ve had a Franklin Mint Scrabble set from Graham Nash, signed scripts of Bob Newhart’s last episode of the TV show “Newhart,” one from Alan Alda and “Mash”, and a signed football from Gale Sayers.
Scrabble Wars will be held January 27, 2018, at the local Four Points by Sheraton. The committee has already secured several auction prizes that promise to make this event very memorable—and your item would be an excellent addition.
Our mission is to dramatically increase adult literacy in Benton County, Arkansas. Scrabble Wars will help us improve the lives of those in our county who cannot read, write, or speak English. All of our tutoring is done by volunteers; we are a true grass roots non-profit, charging our students nothing for learning skills that you and I take for granted. Your donation of a book or an item will help us raise money to be spent on instructional materials specific for our adult students and tutors, pay the rent, and keep our doors open. You can help us reach even more people in need.
If any authors or publisher would be open to donating a signed book to our silent auction, we would truly appreciate it. We hope will raise $25,000 that night to support the mission of the Literacy Council.
Thank you for considering this request to support Literacy Council of Benton County. Of course, the value of any item you send us may be tax deductible to you, and you will receive a receipt letter stating that if requested. Items may be mailed to my attention at the Literacy Council of Benton County, 205 NW A St., Bentonville, AR 72712. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 479-640-8451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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