PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – October is “Philly Plays Scrabble Month,” and game events are being held at various schools and recreation centers around the city.

Today, a spirited match took place at the Greenfield Elementary School in center city: PICA chairman Sam Katz versus Greenfield principal Dan Lazar (below).

As the game began, Katz revealed a bit of his strategy:

“Well, I’m opening my hand here with nothing but vowels, so my strategy is to get a consonant.”

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(Greenfield School principal Dan Lazar plays Scrabble with Sam Katz, chairman of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. Credit: Michelle Durham)


Across the table, Lazar was not faring much better, but he was thrilled to see dozens of his students exercising their reading and spelling skills.

“They were down here earlier, practicing words before they were supposed to be, we had to tell them to stop — it’s not time yet, guys, save those words for the big game!  They are very excited about it.”

Dior, 12 years old and in 7th grade, was among the most eager:

“I read a lot so I use words for reading.”

Ameena, on the other hand, was learning her way:

“I’m 12 and I’m in the 7th grade I have no idea how to play, so I’m just going with the flow at this point.”

A fun time was had by all.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

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