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'Spellebrate' to raise scholarship money for GED grads

Yavapai College will host Spellebrate, a team Scrabble tournament, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in at Buffalo Wild Wings in Prescott Valley to raise money for scholarships for GED graduates of the college's Adult Education Program.

The tournament is open to anyone who would like to play, and interested parties are asked to form a team of eight people and compete, said Karen Carlisle, director of the Adult Basic Education Program at Yavapai College. Each person on the winning team will receive a new Scrabble game.

"For many, obtaining a GED is hard enough but thinking about how to pay for a college degree often seems impossible to many of the graduates of the GED program," Carlisle said. "We would like to make that choice a little easier for them by showing them that there are options available and these scholarships are part of that."

All proceeds will go to the Adult Basic Education Program at Yavapai College for scholarships for GED graduates planning on continuing their education at Yavapai, Carlisle said.

Only about 20 percent of GED students annually, about 60-75 students, have post-secondary education as a goal but most cannot afford to go, Carlisle said.

Most are the first of their family members to seek higher education, which often increases their incomes and breaks a pattern of poverty in their families often tied to poor education, Carlisle said.

Participants must pre-register for the event by April 6. There will be 10 tables of eight players and each table costs $500 and 8+ seats will be reserved for solo entrants.

For more information or to register, call Karen Carlisle at 771-4817 or email her at karen.carlisle@yc.ecu.

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