Duckies set record at BEF fund-raiser


The Barrington Education Foundation enjoyed its largest rubber ducky race ever, as 1,071 ducks were purchased for the fund-raising event held last Saturday.

New superintendent Mike Messore fished out the three winning duckies; Halle Salem won first place (an iPad3 that was donated by Verizon Wireless Zone), while Lukas Egglin won second (a Kindle Fire and $50 gift card), and Anna Glynn was third (an iPod touch).

The rain held off on Saturday and allowed a large crowd of people to enjoy some duck-themed games and a bouncy house, which had been donated by the Ultimate Party Town. Other businesses stepped up to help with the event, including The Sweet Shoppe, which donated 200 duck-decorated cupcakes.

Dr. Jordan Jaffe pitched in by making balloon animals for children at the event, while his staff members applied temporary tattoos to youngsters.

“BEF plays a critical role in our school system. We are able to fund the types of programs that the school budget does not have room for.  BEF selects grants that best fit with its vision that every public school student receives a world-class education, and is inspired, challenged, and guided to reach his or her greatest potential,” said Dara Iserson, co-president of BEF.

“BEF endeavors to fund innovative initiatives that provide extraordinary learning experiences to as many students as possible,” said Deanna Donnelly, co-president of BEF. “We really strive to provide valuable resources that take learning to the next level, but that might otherwise not be available. Each year, dozens of teachers submit grant proposals. Each proposal reflects significant time, planning, and thoughtfulness. Applications are first approved by the principals, and the approved applicants are given the opportunity to present their proposal to a group of BEF board members. After a thorough review session, this group makes recommendations that are presented to the full BEF board.”

The Barrington Education Foundation board is comprised of more than 20 community members who are dedicated to education, and they are always looking for more interested volunteers.


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