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Upson County’s third annual trivia bee will be held Thursday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m., in the Civic Center. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited to attend. Those who come will enjoy an entertaining evening.

For many years, Upson READ, the local Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) organization, sponsored a spelling bee, but for the past two years it has offered a trivia bee. Teams will answer questions from these categories: Entertainment, Sports, Literature, Geography, Art and Music, and Science. Trophies will be presented to the winning team and the runner-up. The audience will be invited to participate, and door prizes will be awarded.

The event is designed both to provide an enjoyable evening for all who attend and to generate financial support for the operation of Upson READ. The mission of Upson READ (Upson Renewed Education and Adult Development) is to increase the literacy levels of the citizens of Upson County by fostering an awareness of the need for adult literacy and by helping to maintain an active adult education program.

The matter of adult functional illiteracy is a serious issue. Approximately one in five American adults cannot read or write with sufficient skill to function optimally in today’s society. In Georgia, approximately 1.4 million adults have not completed high school or received a GED diploma. Illiteracy rates are highest among the economically disadvantaged and are closely associated with unemployment, high crime rates, and welfare dependency. Illiterate parents perpetuate an inter-generational cycle of illiteracy by being unable to teach their own children such daily tasks as how to read a medicine bottle, follow a bus schedule, do comparative shopping, make correct change, or prepare school homework.

But help is available! Successful completion of the GED program at Southern Crescent Tech will increase one’s employability and earning potential, allow one to continue on a path of formal education, enable one to become an active participant in a child’s education, and stimulate one to become more informed and engaged in the local community.

Upson READ provides support for the GED program of the Adult Education division of Southern Crescent Tech, and the Upson READ Trivia Bee is its means of generating financial support from the community for the cause of increased literacy among Upson County adults. Plan now to attend the Trivia Bee on March 27, 7 p.m., at the Civic Center. You’ll have a good time!

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