Community members in the York Suburban School District will have the chance to see if their intelligence stacks up with fifth-graders in a contest Saturday.

The "Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?" event, sponsored by the York Suburban Education Foundation, is an effort to raise awareness about the foundation and bring the community together.

Cathy Shaffer, the chairwoman of the foundation, said this type of event makes a great connection with the community because it demonstrates the knowledge students are learning in their classrooms.

At the event, five teams will test their knowledge based on questions submitted from each elementary school classroom in the district.

One team is made up of alumni, one team is staff and a third is made up of high school honor society students. A community team has members including Springettsbury Township Supervisor William Schenck and state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York.

Those teams will compete against a team of fifth-graders who have volunteered to participate, Shaffer said.

Official judge: In addition to the teams, more than 40 fifth-graders have volunteered to serve as ushers, score keepers and stage hands. Judge Michael Brillhart is serving as the official judge for the event, according to a release about the contest.

The game is similar to the TV show from which the contest got its name, but also has the format of "Jeopardy," Shaffer said. Questions in the 100-point category are from kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, 200-point questions are from second grade, and so on.

Shaffer said a few questions are about the foundation, to give people a better idea of what they do in the district.

Shaffer said refreshments will be available for purchase, but the event is free to the public. There will be a score sheet to follow along with the contest and programs with additional information about the foundation, she said. The foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that funds innovative programs that add to the experience for district students.

Shaffer said it will be a good opportunity to show off "how smart our students really are," and hopes to bring the community together to celebrate the success of the school district.

The event is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in the York Suburban Middle School auditorium.

For more information about the event or the York Suburban Education Foundation, visit the YSEF website at, send an e-mail to or call 717-885-1122.

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