Wow! AuSable Valley Teachers (Scott Taylor, Lindsey Bombard, Renee Rhino and Matt Fay) did it again at our 24th Annual Literacy Challenge on Saturday, March 5th at the Champlain Centre Mall!
It’s the 4th championship in a row for AuSable Valley Teachers, and their 5th over the competition’s 24 years!
The Literacy Challenge is our signature event, held each year since 1993 at the Champlain Centre Mall on the first Saturday of March, co-sponsored by Sunrise Rotary and the Press-Republican. Local service clubs, college faculty, high school teachers, professionals, and groups of friends field their team of four members.
How does it work?
This event is an all-day affair that begins at 12:00 noon with four separate elimination rounds at each of four “game” sites in the mall, and moves on to quarterfinals, semi-finals, and a “final four” competition. In late afternoon, the two best teams compete in a final championship round.
The question and answer format involves seven categories: Literature, Sports, Social Studies, Science, Current Events/Popular Culture, Music and Art. Each year local experts donate their time to create a new and challenging question and answer pool.
Though lasting several hours in all, the competition itself is fast-paced, with two teams simultaneously facing off against one another in 15-minute stretches at each of the four game sites. Volunteers serve as Quiz Masters, Judges, Time Keepers, Hosts and Runners at each site.
After a question is read by the Quiz Master, teams have five (5) seconds to buzz in, and once recognized, another five seconds to answer. A correct answer is worth ten points. An incorrect answer or a buzzing-in followed by no answer is penalized five points.
The “bragging rights” associated with winning the championship are taken seriously by competing teams, and some practice in advance. But most of all, teams enter to support the only game in town (Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County) that’s been addressing on a one-to-one basis the needs of our adult neighbors who want to learn to read and write, and those neighbors who want to learn English as their new language.
So how will your participation help our work?
First, it will add interest and excitement to the “public awareness” component of our event—and that’s very important!
Second, your team’s registration fee of $300 will be put to good use as we help more adults live independently in a reading and English-speaking world. (If your group has more courage than cash, we look for a business to help “sponsor” your team.
Past Literacy Challenge Champions
- 1993 Plattsburgh Noon Rotary
- 1994 Medical Society
- 1995 Mountain Lake PBS
- 1996 Malone Federation of Teachers
- 1997 Malone Federation of Teachers
- 1998 North Country Girl Scouts
- 1999 Plattsburgh Noon Rotary
- 2000 Plattsburgh Noon Rotary
- 2001 Press-Republican
- 2002 Medical Society
- 2003 Clinton Community College
- 2004 Medical Society
- 2005 Peru Lions
- 2006 Peru Lions
- 2007 Medical Society
- 2008 Peru Lions
- 2009 Peru Lions
- 2010 NYSRTA-NEZ
- 2011 AuSable Valley Teachers
- 2012 Peru Lions
- 2013 AuSable Valley Teachers
- 2014 AuSable Valley Teachers
- 2015 AuSable Valley Teachers
- 2016 AuSable Valley Teachers (Congratulations!!)