Friday, February 01, 2013

Third Annual “Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” Event Feb. 18 Will Benefit Effort to Move, Preserve Liberty School

A special fundraising event on President’s Day will help determine which local celebrity is actually, “Smarter than a Fifth Grader.” The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield and it is free to the public.

Local celebrities will challenge each other on United States Presidential trivia while qualifying fifth graders help them out at this third annual event.

Last year’s champion, Rob Evans of KOLR 10, will be this year’s master of ceremonies.

All proceeds from the event will be used toward the effort to move the one-room Liberty School from north of Springfield to the Gray-Campbell Farmstead in Nathanael Greene Park and to restore the school building.

“Fifth graders come on field trips to the farmstead each year to learn about life of their ancestors which is why we feature fifth graders at this event,” said Norma Tolbert, a member of Friends of Gray-Campbell Farmstead and the event organizer. “We hope to show them where education took place and instill in them an appreciation of their heritage and a desire to learn about the history of our country.”

Sponsors will provide prize money for the celebrities to earn for the Liberty School project.

The project is a joint effort of Friends of the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Friends of the Garden, Greene County Commission, and University of Missouri Extension.

If you are interested in being a participant or sponsor for this fun and worthwhile project, contact event organizer Norma Tolbert at (417) 833-2352 or by email at

More information about the Liberty School Project and information about donating to the effort can be found online at


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