Local nonprofit raises money through Lego competition

Kids in La Crosse are putting together Legos Saturday for a good cause.

The Family and Children’s Center of La Crosse held its annual “Building Bricks for Hope” contest.

The event raises money for the center’s Hope Academy, an alternative high school school for pregnant and parenting teen moms.

On Saturday, the creativity of kids was put to the test as they designed their own creations using only Legos in hopes of winning the grand prize.

Organizers say it’s important for setting teen moms up for success.

“This event really supports our transportation costs for Hope Academy. It’s crucial that the girls get to school so they can actually graduate on time. So providing that for them is just one extra thing they don’t have to worry about,” said Kelsey Matula, public relations specialist for the Family and Children’s Center.

Over the past four years of the event, the center has raised over $27,000.