October 20, 2012

Project Literacy Tutors and Learners Team Wins Trivia Bee

Project Literacy Tutors and Learners Team
Project Literacy Tutors and Learners Team with Project Literacy's Cinda Mariscal in foreground

Last year's Trivia Bee Winners, Friends of the Library Gift Shop, lost out to the Project Literacy Tutors and Learners team after nine sudden death question to break a tie at Project Literacy's 19th Annual Trivia Bee. Project Literacy Tutors and Learners came up with World War I as the answer to a question about which war poet Joyce Kilmer died in. Kilmer is best known for the first line of his poem Trees, which begins, “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.”

The Mayor and City Council team came in third place after prevailing in sudden death over the San Leandro Players and San Leandro Education Foundation teams.

As in past years, retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Kurtz and Leslie Frates, a San Leandro resident and former professor at Cal State East Bay who has appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy 14 times, read questions. Students from San Leandro High School acted as scorekeepers for each of the teams.

The only controversy of the evening came in response to a question about the name of Neptune's largest moon. After initially stating the correct answer was Titan (which is actually the largest of Saturn's moons), Trivia Bee officials stated that the correct answer was Triton after objections by numerous teams.

The Trivia Bee also featured a raffle with an iPad, Disneyland tickets, gift certificates, Ghirardelli chocolate, and dozens of other prizes from local businesses and individuals. Funds raised by the Trivia Bee help Project Literacy to provide literacy services to more than 200 adults and 1,500 kids each year.

Twenty-four teams competed in the annual fundraiser that brings in more than $10,000 each year for Project Literacy. Although this is an election year, the only political team was Morgan for City Council. Teams included businesses like State Roofing Systems, San Leandro Times, and organizations such as San Leandro Rotary, San Leandro Players, Arts Council of San Leandro, Alameda County Firefighters, the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce, and the San Leandro Police Officers Association.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 20, 2012 12:16 AM | TrackBack

Congratulations! Couldn't be a more deserving team!

Posted by: Christie at October 23, 2012 10:08 AM
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