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Boston T Party Invades Massachusetts


CONTACT: John D. Williams Jr.
Yvonne Lieblein
(631) 477-0033


Students go head-to-head at second state-wide School SCRABBLE® Championship

From Harvard to Horace Mann, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has always been a leader when it comes to learning. On Saturday, April 29 from 10 AM to 3 PM, the tradition continues when over 100 middle school students from around the state compete in the Massachusetts School SCRABBLE® Championship (MSSC) at the Boston Children's Museum. The National SCRABBLE® Association (NSA), the governing body for 10,000 SCRABBLE® enthusiasts in the United States and Canada, has invited two-member teams of 5-8 graders to compete in this five-round tournament. Tanya Moss and Nick Silverman from The Runkle School in Brookline won the premier championship in 1998, and the MSSC is a prototype for a future National School SCRABBLE® Championship.

Launched in 1992, the School SCRABBLE® Program has earned praise from educators who cite improved vocabulary, spelling, dictionary skills, math, creativity, spatial relationships and cooperative learning among its benefits. Now, over a half million students play the game in more than 15,000 schools nationwide and hundreds of classrooms belong to the National School SCRABBLE® Club. State and regional championships are also taking place this spring in Indiana and on Long Island.

According to John D. Williams Jr., NSA Executive Director, this tournament showcases how enthusiastic both teachers and students are about the SCRABBLE® game. "Teachers love the game because it's a unique approach to learning that acts as a catalyst in the classroom. They use it to reinforce nationally mandated educational goals," he said. "And kids love to play the SCRABBLE® because it's fun. In fact, teachers tell us that students don't even realize that they're learning."

For more information about the MSSC, contact Yvonne Gillispie or John D. Williams Jr. at the National SCRABBLE" Association, 631-477-0033.

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