Save the Date- SCRABBLE Tournament

scrabblesmackdownIt’s time for a SCRABBLE® Smackdown!

 On Saturday, February 27, 2016, The Literacy Center will host the 13th Annual SCRABBLE® Smackdown (formerly, Letters for Literacy SCRABBLE® Tournament) at Ivy Tech Community College from 1-4 pm. Join us as teams of competitors fight it out in a war of words to reach the highest SCRABBLE® score. This year, we are excited to introduce new divisions of competition; Teams can choose their division based on their level of skill, competitive drive, or desire to strategize and bend the rules, for a maximum amount of fun and bragging rights for all. A division particularly devoted to high school and college students has also been added. Competition continues between SCRABBLE® rounds as participants and spectators bid for great items in the silent auction.

We would love for you to be a part of our event! Whether you put together a team of competitive word nerds, become an event sponsor, or donate an item to our auction, your contribution will make a difference in our community.

Your sponsorship, auction donation, or participation in our event is greatly appreciated and allows our organization to continue to have a positive impact on lives in our community. If you have any questions about this event, or about our programs, please do not hesitate to call The Literacy Center at 812-429-1222 or visit our website at For your records our tax identification number is 35-2088005.

Leslie Barton & Kayla McCay

SCRABBLE Smackdown Co-Chairs

DOWNLOAD Registration form here or register online as team.

Happy Holidays

Keith, Michelle, Tammy & Charlie

Approximately 18,000 people in Vanderburgh County struggle with reading. They struggle to read a wishlist of a child, a letter to Santa or a greeting card. These people are your neighbors, they are someone you know. The Literacy Center can help. We offer free, confidential reading help to adults. We have provided over 1800 instructional hours this year to your neighbors, will you please make a donation to help the Literacy Center provide more help to your neighbors and community? A donation makes a great last minute gift for a book lover, an avid reader, a teacher, a mom, a dad, a grandparent or someone that has everything. Learn more about donation or volunteering at

Make a donation via Paypal by clicking here.

or you may mail your tax deductible donation via check or money order to:

The Literacy Center

 Attn: Executive Director

3411a N. First Ave

Evansville IN 47710

Or visit our Wish List by clicking here.


Save the Date….

Letters for Literacy SCRABBLE Tournament is getting a new name….


Saturday, February 27, 2016 1:00 pm Ivy Tech Community College


Celebrate our stories because we are #thankful.

Jennifer Wigginton Executive Director 812-429-1222

Jennifer Wigginton
Executive Director

Meet Jennifer Wigginton, Our Executive Director. Jennifer started with The Literacy Center in April of 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern Indiana​.

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#Smile! It is Health Literacy Awareness Month

Health Literacy Awareness MonthSometimes finding what to write about every month is a difficult task. So how do I find inspiration? Well, I’m part of what I like to call the “Bullet Point Generation” so, naturally, I turn to Google. A quick search on “Literacy in October” provided me with so many resources. Which is perfect, because our blog theme for the month is all about resources!

Nearly every month has an awareness campaign. Most people recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. America tends to turn pink during the month. But did you know that October is also Health Literacy Month?

Health literacy is fairly daunting. There’s so much information out there, and it changes constantly. Are we supposed to eat high protein/low carb or healthy fats or gluten free or vegetarian? What should our cardio/strength training ratio be? And that’s just the diet and exercise portion of our health. What about taking medications, home remedies for minor injuries, or reading a doctor’s instructions for recovery? It’s a difficult enough task to research for those of us who are good readers. Imagine trying to figure it all out having a low literacy level!

So how do our students acquire this information? Unfortunately, they usually don’t. Low literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes and higher healthcare costs. Low literacy learners tend to have more frequent hospital visits and don’t utilize preventative care, such as mammograms and colonoscopies[1].  Furthermore, those with low literacy are more likely to be part of a larger problem due to medical error, which is usually caused by the low literacy patient not being able to properly communicate their medication and health concerns[2].

Now that I have you depressed, let me tell you that help is never far away!

  • There is The Literacy Center. Part of what I do every day is find resources to help our volunteers teach our students new skills. I find videos, books, worksheets, and complete lesson plans for nearly any task our students want to learn.
  • There’s Google. Odds are, someone else has already done a lot of the prep work already, so utilize it! There are hundreds of teacher blogs that offer free complete lesson plans and activities for nearly everything our students are seeking to learn.
  • There’s the app store. Let’s face it. Technology is here to stay. We might as well embrace it. There are so many apps for our phones and tablets, and most of them are free. If you aren’t sure where to start, please see number 1, then call 812.429.1222 and we can guide you to finding everything you need.

Here are some great websites that can also help you incorporate Health Literacy Month into your lessons:

Guide for choosing over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and how to use them safely.  Contains videos and pdf format student and instructor guides-

Developed by World Education and the CDCP, this is a complete curriculum on breast and cervical cancer that contains 4 units and numerous lessons within each unit.