Long Beach fourth graders Sydney Hoffman, Erin Brown and James Joyce were crowned county winners in the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County’s (UCPN) annual Trivia Challenge.
The local students were among three teams from the Long Beach Public Schools Learning Activities to Raise Creativity (LARC) program that participated in this academic competition, raising more than $1,500 to benefit the UCPN. Sydney and Erin are both from Lindell School. James attends Long Beach Regional Catholic School.
The Trivia Challenge is an academic fundraising event that combines education, philanthropy and fun. To participate in the challenge, students were grouped in teams to take a 100-question written test, covering everything from academics to popular culture. They asked family and friends to sponsor them, pledging a certain amount for every question they answered correctly.
The participants also took a class trip to the UCPN to meet with speech therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. They received a firsthand look at how technology is used to help improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy, and saw how the money they raised helps support the organization’s work.