Inaugural U.S. Bananagrams® Elementary School Tournament Announced: The Bananagrams Challenge

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New England school children grades 4, 5 & 6 invited to ‘Go Wild With Words’ with free-to-enter tournament - Top Banana wins $1,000 for his or her school!

Top Banana wins $1,000 for his or her school! - Free-to-enter tournament aims to boost reading skills -       Challenge part of BANANAGRAMS 10th Bananaversary celebration

Inaugural U.S. BANANAGRAMS® Elementary School Tournament Announced: New England school children grades 4, 5 & 6 invited to ‘Go Wild With Words’

BANANAGRAMS was born out of a desire to help kids play with words, which ultimately enhances their appreciation of language and their grasp of spelling and literacy.

The search for America’s first-ever Top Banana is now underway as The Bananagrams® Challenge, the first official U.S. Bananagrams school tournament, is open for registration to elementary schools throughout New England. All finalists will receive a Bananagrams Goodie Bag filled with fun, and the child crowned Top Banana wins a trophy and $1,000 for his or her school!

As part of its mission to get children playing with words and to help celebrate Bananagrams 10th Bananaversary, Bananagrams, Inc. is launching the Challenge to help boost vocabulary and spelling skills in classrooms and after-school programs.

The free-to-enter Challenge, open to 500 schools, invites children in grades 4, 5 and 6 throughout Rhode Island - home to Bananagrams, Inc. -, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont to ‘Go Wild With Words’ by playing a series of Bananagrams games with classmates. Through a simple process of elimination, each school finds its champion, or ‘Best of the Bunch’, who then competes in a series of online word-based games – using grade-appropriate spelling lists – for one of 12 places at the Grand Final in Rhode Island on April 9, 2015.

Each school to register receives a free Bananagrams Challenge Welcome Pack worth more than $50 – this provides everything the teachers need to run their schools’ Challenge, including two Bananagrams games and a copy of Workman Publishing’s Bananagrams for Kids.

“The Bananagrams Challenge is the result of years of hard work and is something my father and I talked about when we first invented the game back in 2006,” comments Rena Nathanson, President, Bananagrams, Inc. “Part of the reason Bananagrams was born was out of a desire to help kids play with words, which ultimately enhances their appreciation of language and their grasp of spelling and literacy. And what better way to launch the challenge then in this, our 10th Anniversary Year!”

For further information and to register your school visit https://bananagramschallenge.com/.

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For Further Information:
Judee Cohen
Bananagrams, Inc.
judee(at)bananagrams(dot)com
917-721-0663

Notes to editors:

  •     Registration is open from August 1 – December 1, 2015
  •     The Welcome Pack, worth more than $50 will be sent to registered schools in January 2016 and includes:

o    2 Bananagrams games
o    1 Bananagrams Challenge Teachers’ Notes Book
o    30 Bananagrams wristbands
o    1 copy of Bananagrams for Kids sponsored by Workman Publishing
o    1 in-school registration chart for enrolling students
o    1 poster to display the winners’ names after each round
o    1 Best of the Bunch certificate for the school’s winner

  •     The Bananagrams Challenge is open to 500 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont schools for students in grades 4, 5 and 6
  •     Full details and terms can be found at https://bananagramschallenge.com/

About Bananagrams, Inc.
Bananagrams, Inc., is the family-owned Rhode Island company behind a range of innovative tile games, including the international phenomenon Bananagrams® - the fast, fun anagram game that “drives you bananas!” Currently available in 31 countries and multiple languages, original Bananagrams® has also spawned a series of books. Bananagrams, Inc. also offers the award-winning Appletters®, Pairs in Pears®, Zip It and Fruitominoes®, as well as Jumbo Bananagrams and Jumbo Zip-It. The games feature attractive cloth pouches and need no board, pencil or paper - ideal for children and adults who enjoy witty word play, at home or on the go.

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