'The Scholarly Hunt' to benefit GCLC

Thursday, September 9, 2010

If you like TV's "The Amazing Race," then the Greene County Literacy Coalition has something in store for you.

Look for the "The Scholarly Hunt" to land in the county seat Sept. 25 as it takes participants on a fun-filled quest in and around Bloomfield and raises money for a good cause.

John Helling, Greene County Coalition president and Bloomfield Library Director, shared details on the upcoming scavenger hunt that serves as a fundraiser for the GC Literacy Coalition.

The hunt is the first of its kind and was the brainstorm of Clinton Burch, who serves on the GC Coalition Board and is a teacher at Eastern Greene Schools.

"Everybody was excited about his idea. It sounded like a lot of fun. It's a way to get people outside, a way to get people talking about Bloomfield and local history and raise money for the Literacy Coalition all at the same time," Helling explained.

Cost to participate is $20 for a team of two with winners receiving prizes donated by local businesses.

"Some of the things people will do will be to visit and take their pictures with local landmarks, answer questions about local history, and solve puzzles based on Greene County," Helling said.

Anyone can join the fun, and there's no age limit.

"Each team should have a digital camera and a form of transportation between the various sites," he said. "We've got several teams signed up, there's no limit."

All proceeds will benefit the GC Literacy Coalition, which is an organization that provides free one-on-one tutoring to adults in a variety of areas, such as GED tutoring, English as a second language, citizenship and other areas of education.

Sign up by calling John Helling or Beth Burcham at 384-4125 or on-line at www.bloomfield.lib.in.us .

The race will kick off at 1 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Bloomfield Library with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. at the community room of the Bloomfield Library.

"If we get a good turnout, we can make it an annual event. It's a test run this year and if people like it we'll continue to do it," Helling added.

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