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Literacy Challenge returns this Saturday

PLATTSBURGH - The 18th annual Literacy Challenge will be held this Saturday, March 6, at the Champlain Centre mall, 60 Smithfield Blvd. The live trivia quiz competition begins at 12 p.m.

Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary and the Press-Republican co-sponsor the show.

Twenty-four teams from local schools, businesses and service organizations will compete in the spirit of fun to raise funds and awareness for Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County.

Every year, approximately 30 Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary members volunteer to set up and serve as quizmasters, judges, and timekeepers, and play for their team.

"Our members look forward to the first Saturday in March because it's a great opportunity to reach out to the community to help a worthy agency that has the lofty mission to increase literacy," said Michael J. Hildebran immediate past president of Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary. "We set up the venues and provide the quiz masters, judges and timers for the Literacy Challenge."

Last year's champion, the Peru Lions, will defend its title. Other past winners include the Plattsburgh Noon Rotary, Medical Society of Clinton County, Malone Federation of Teachers, Press-Republican, Girl Scouts, Clinton Community College, and Mountain Lake PBS.

Teams competing this year are: AuSable Valley Teachers, BHSN/for CocaCola, Chazy Lions, CVPH Medical Center, Literacy Volunteers Essex/Franklin for Schonbek, NCCS Students for Kiwanis Rouses Point/Champlain Woodmen of the World, Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis, The Profs, Saranac Teachers, Seton Catholic, CCC Faculty Association, The Docs, NCCS Teachers, NYSRTA-NEZ/Mooers K of C, Peru HS Students, Peru Lions, Peru Teachers, Plattsburgh Educational Leaders, Plattsburgh HS Students, Plattsburgh Noon Rotary, Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary, Plattsburgh Teachers, Plattsburgh UUP, and Sigma Tau Delta. Other donors include Pfizer, Champlain National Bank and 4th Degree K of C.

Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County empowers, through one-on-one tutoring, more than 100 residents each year who seek to improve their literacy and English speaking skills.

For more information about the Literacy Challenge or to sign up, as well as learn about the Literacy Volunteers tutoring program, call 564-5332.

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