Tickets are now on sale for the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) community fundraiser, “Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

The popular event, being staged by WEF for the fifth year in a row, often sells out ahead of time. Based on the hit TV show, the spirited team-based game pits ‘celebrity’ contestants on stage at the Clune Center in an exciting battle of wits, helped by Cider Mill fifth graders  in answering questions derived from the elementary school’s challenging curriculum. WEF’s version is a family-friendly event that incorporates Wilton-specific subject matter into the trivia, utilizing the technology the organization helps to fund for the schools, like interactive SMARTBoards and iPads, to display questions and provide responses.

This year’s contestants are all fifth-grade teachers, one from each of the Cider Mill school houses:  teachers Frank Coomaraswamy (Belden Hill), Jason Greasily (Cannondale), Tim Gallo (Kent) and Mike Hossler (Nod Hill) will be joined by emcees, Miller-Driscoll teachers Sal Giaimo and Bryan Ennis.

To select the student contestants, Cider Mill instructional leaders and teachers developed a qualifying exam that is administered to all fifth graders interested in participating in the event. This year, approximately 100 students sat for the demanding test and the top four scorers in each house were selected as representatives. This year’s fifth grade participants are:

Belden Hill:  Nathan Downs, Clarissa Greis, Avni Gupta, Griffin Turner

Cannondale:  Lucia La Orden Oro, Katherine May, James Ring, Joshua Sheng

Kent:  Saanvi Bathla, Charles Johnson, Anna Joy, Jack Michael

Nod Hill:  Vihan Jayawardhane, Lukas Koutsoukos, Henry Purcell, Alexa Steckel

Kimber Felton, the event’s co-chair, said, “The whole town comes together for this entertaining evening while supporting WEF and ultimately the Wilton Schools. This is a fun way to showcase and support the efforts of the students, the staff and the Foundation all at the same time.”

Felton’s co-chair Carolyn Lyon added, “This event has become one of the most popular tickets in Wilton, and people love to compete for bragging rights. We’re continuing with much of what has made this event such a wonderful tradition, while adding in several new things that the public should enjoy.”

“Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at the Clune Center at Wilton High School. Premium reserved seating is available at $25 per seat. General admission is $10 for students and $15 for adults. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or online. This event traditionally sells out, so the public is encouraged to get tickets soon.

The Wilton Education Foundation is dedicated to enriching the learning experience for Wilton students by providing ongoing professional development for teachers, the latest in innovative and interactive teaching tools, support for music and the arts, and “beyond the classroom” experiences to provide Wilton’s public school students with the confidence and skills to succeed in college and beyond. For more information, visit the Wilton Education Foundation website.