Are there any SUNY students smarter than fifth-graders?

PLATTSBURGH - One local sorority is working to raise money and awareness for child abuse through a fun, and perhaps amusing event.

Sigma Delta Tau, a sorority at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, focuses their philanthropic efforts on Prevent Child Abuse America, and will help to raise money for the national organization through "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?"

The game, which will be open to the community, will be held Wednesday, April 7, at 8 p.m. at the Angell College Center Ballrooms on campus.

"A lot of times when we have been doing our philanthropy, we haven't really been engaging the community and involving kids in it," explained Michelle Mora, philanthropy chair of Sigma Delta Tau. "And, that's one of the core values of Prevent Child Abuse America."

Mora added when she ran for philanthropy chair of the sorority, her mission was to bring the Prevent Child Abuse America's values, into their own, and get the community's involvement as well.

"I think that if we can engage the community in our mission, it will really motivate us to keep going," she said.

The event, which is based on the popular television game show, will pit SUNY Plattsburgh students against fifth-graders from Momot, Oak Street, Peru, and Chazy elementary schools.

"The [television] show only highlights the people participating, and not the fifth-graders," said Mora. "We want to make sure we highlight the fifth-graders as much as possible."

Mora anticipates the event to be a lot of fun, not only for the college students, but the community as well, and she hopes it will bring awareness to what other groups are doing.

"There is a lot of great activism going on campus that a lot of the community doesn't ever hear about," she said. "I think this is a great opportunity for the community see all the positive things that we're doing."

General admission for the event is $5, with admission for students $2.

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