Barrington Education Foundation hosts annual Rubber Ducky Race on Sept. 29

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The Barrington Education Foundation (BEF) will host its annual Rubber Ducky Race on Saturday, Sept. 29, with activities from 2 to 4 p.m.

On race day, the numbered rubber ducks will start their race across Wood’s Pond at the gazebo, at 3 p.m., with the help of the Barrington Fire Department and a powerful water hose.

The first three ducks to make it across the pond will be plucked from the water by Barrington Superintendent of Schools Mike Messore, who will then announce the winners of a brand new iPad3, a Kindle Fire with $50 gift certificate to Amazon, and an iPod Touch. Ticket-holders do not have to be present to win.

Tickets to adopt a rubber ducky are $10 each, or 6 for $50, and they can be purchased online at www.barringtoneducationfoundation.org, from flyers being distributed throughout the schools, at the school open houses, and also the local Saturday morning farmer’s market at the Congregational Church. People can also purchase a ducky ticket right up until race time on race day.

There will be plenty of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages and families to enjoy.

Rubber Ducky Chairwoman Julie Chalue, said “In addition to the excitement of the race, there will be a DJ with dancing fun and contests, minute-to-win-it and ducky-themed games and prizes, a giant inflatable slide, balloons and balloon animals, face painting, tattoos, Del’s Lemonade, popcorn, and ducky cupcakes donated by The Sweet Shoppe. It will be a blast!”

Ms. Chalue added that BEF officials were very excited for the upcoming event.

“We at BEF are so thrilled to offer a fun day out for families that has the added bonus of whatever dollars a family wants to spend, if any, actually benefit our entire community. BEF is a board of dynamic volunteers that are committed to helping our educators find budgetary and program gaps, and fill as many as possible through our fundraising and grant efforts,” she said.

“When the teachers see a need within their school, they take the time to write grant requests, which we attempt to fill in order to maintain the excellence of the Barrington School Department. Our children and our schools benefit, so our entire town benefits, from the efforts of BEF. I am so proud to be part of this event.”

BEF was founded in 1992, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary of championing extraordinary education opportunities within the Barrington Public Schools. This non-profit organization has raised and awarded more than $930,000 to fund a wide range of programs, technology, and materials for the schools.

BEF CO-President Deanna Donnelly said: “We are thrilled to be nearing the $1 million dollar mark in total grants to the Barrington Public Schools since BEF’s inception. It is a huge number, but such a testament to the support of our community and the dedication of our volunteers.”

BEF’s largest fund-raisers are the Rubber Ducky Race and the spring telethon.

“We are so fortunate to have support from our corporate sponsors, Jaffe Orthodontics, the Verizon Wireless Zone, and other local companies and businesses. We are thankful to have individuals that also contribute to BEF through our website as well as with their company’s corporate matching programs, and also through the United Way,” Ms. Donnelly said. “With the support and generosity of our community members, we are able to make a difference in our schools. So, to our many supporters and sponsors, a big, ‘Thank you!’”

A rain date for the event is set for Sunday, Sept. 30.

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