Local kids showed off their LEGO building skills Saturday, and helped raise money for a local organization.

It was part of the Building Bricks of Hope event put on by Family and Children's Center.  Kids and adults in four different age groups took part in the LEGO building contest.

The event raised money for the Hope Academy, an alternative high school for teen parents in the area. The Family and Children's Center chose a LEGO building contest because they wanted to be unique.  "We wanted to come up with a fundraising event that first of all, wasn't already being done in our community, says Jamie Schloegel from Family and Children's Center, "and second really encouraged imagination and healthy family together time."

Between entry fees and corporate sponsors, the Family and Children's Center is hoping to raise $5,000 for the Hope Academy.