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Helpers, teams sought for Great Gray Matter Challenge

December 15, 2009

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Sciences and Technologies (FAST) is recruiting people of all ages to form teams at The Great Gray Matter Challenge on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Berkeley Springs High School cafeteria.

There is no admission fee, and all ages can come participate, join a group, or just watch and eat free popcorn.

The challenge is a learning/literacy event in which people combine in small teams of four to six to share opinions about facts. It's like a communal version of Trivial Pursuit, "Jeopardy" or the Saturday morning TV show, "It's Academic," according to Bill Lands of FAST.

The Gray Matter Challenge will set 20 to 25 minutes for teams to answer each of four sets of 20 to 25 questions on arts, sciences, technologies, social studies.

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Each set will have a mixture of true/false, multiple choice and recall items. People can join a team at the event, too.

For each person who participates in the 2010 Challenge, FAST will add $5 to the Morgan County Literacy Fund to keep the challenge going and support future literacy projects in the county.

"Consider that if 1 percent of Morgan County's 17,000 residents participate, the fund will gain $850," Lands said in the news release.

"We had good fun last January, and we hope that more people will use the event as a reminder and a stimulus to engage in other literacy programs," he said.

Volunteers are needed to recruit participants, help the Morgan County Library staff assemble questions during the holidays and tabulate scores at the event.

For more information, send e-mail to wemlands@att.net or pmann@martin.lib.wv.us, or call 301-345-4061.

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