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McNeill Designs partners with Reader’s Digest to create Word Power Challenge games

June 8, 2009

READER'S DIGEST_07 BOX_13aThe Reader’s Digest Association recently entered into a licensing agreement with the toy and game manufacturer McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds to create distinctive, educational games and related merchandise based on the popular Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge, the nation’s premier middle school vocabulary competition.

The Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge invites students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, as well as home-schooled students, to participate in the event each year. More than two million middle school students and 7,000 schools are participating in this year’s Word Power Challenge, which awards $50,000 in college scholarships.

“This exciting opportunity further expands the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge and it’s also a great way to sharpen students’ vocabularies, boost their test-taking skills, and foster a love of language,” says McNeill Designs President Martin Uniacke. “As the creator of the product that turns language into a fun, playable game, we can’t imagine a more suitable match than Reader’s Digest.”

Specifically, the firm will produce a special Add-On Deck to their award-winning language game You’ve been Sentenced! which will contain actual words used in the Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge. You’ve been Sentenced! is an innovative word game which utilizes pentagon-shaped cards containing conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places. With a hand of 10 cards, players build sentences, challenging their ingenuity while trying to score the most points per round, constructing a grammatically correct and justifiable sentence.

Want to learn more about McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds’ award-winning games like You’ve been Sentenced!Twisted Fish and more? Visit McNeill Designs for game rulesprintable score sheets, or even order online!


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