"Wyeth has a long history of participating in the community and we recognize that importance as a major employer," she said. "[The challenge] is a way to have fun and participate in the community at the same time. I really enjoy it."
The Literacy Challenge, which will begin next Saturday at noon, is a "Jeopardy-style tournament" that will consist of several rounds of questions, said Menard. Categories will include science, social studies, current events, popular culture, literature, sports and music. Competitions will be held simultaneously at four sites within the mall - in front of Best Buy, J.C. Penney, the mall's customer service desk and the main site near Gander Mountain. The winners from each competition will face each other in the quarterfinals later in the afternoon with the final two teams competing in a championship round.
The top two teams will receive trophies and "bragging rights," said Menard.
"It's really exciting," she said.
The cost to register a team of up to four people is a $250 donation, to benefit the LVCC. Though teams are able to register even the day of the event, there is room for a maximum of 32 teams.
Those interested in organizing a team to participate may contact Menard at 564-5332.