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).

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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.

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“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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