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|Galesburg Rubber Duck Race a Success - PRIZE LIST AVAILABLE HERE
|POSTED 8:38pm 9/13/09 Galesburg Public Schools Foundation's 14th Annual Rubber Duck Race was held Sunday, September 13th at Lake Storey.
The family friendly fun event began on the beach with a "Beach Fun Run" with representatives from all nine of the District #205 schools competing for the third annual "Traveling Ducky Award." This year the trophy was presented to Steele Elementary School represented by teacher, Kit Baxter, who came in first in the beach fun run earning the right to lead the rest of the school representatives down the water slide and pluck the Grand Prize winning duck from the pool.
The "Top School - Most Ducks in a Row" award went to Galesburg High School which sold the most ducks this year, and the "Most Improved Sales" award was won by Lombard Middle School whose duck sales rose by over 75% from last years total! The $2,000 Grand Prize and second place of $1,000 were followed by 20 more lucky ducks winning prizes such as a lawn mower, pizzas, dinners, floral bouquets, coffees, and numerous local merchant gift certificates.
"This year the schools really got into the race for 'duck bucks'! We are thankful for the entire community's support and our sponsors who have given so generously again this year. Considering the economic conditions we are pleased that everyone stepped up to help our students; we had duck sales of over 7300!" said Patti Bibo, foundation administrator. "The support of our Duck Race from our Top Ducks and Quacker Backers with monetary donations to all those that helped sell the ducks for schools and those that donated prizes and gift certificates - along with everyone that bought a duck - is what makes the event the success it is!"
Last year the foundation gave back to the schools more than $25,000 which helped to fund needed new technology items such as LCD projectors, smartboards, calculators and software updates. Some schools used their funds for visiting authors and motivational speakers and still others bought new reading series books and novels.
In addition, this year the Foundation also helped fund the "Reading @ The Crossroad II" program for the junior highs. Plans are already in progress for the next junior high reading initiative.
The real winners in this year's race are the students of District #205. Bucks from the Ducks will be distributed to each school as they submit proposals for specific projects or equipment they need.
Individual school clubs or organizations selling ducks for their school also receive bonus monies.
The success of the duck race is the result of thousands of hours of work by hundreds of volunteers along with the generous support of individuals and businesses, all working to make good things happen in our schools. It is a true compliment to Galesburg - proving that this community values education. The foundation thanks all those who have 'Helped us help our students succeed'.
The top 5 school PTO's selling over 200 ducks are eligible for prizes ranging from 1st place of $500 to 5th place of $100. In addition, all PTO's also receive a portion of each duck they sell!
Galesburg High School 647
Churchill Junior High 482
Nielson Elementary 382
Lombard Junior High 329
King Elementary 305
Gale Elementary 304
Silas Willard Elementary 253
Steele Elementary 237
Cooke Elementary 153
1. $2,000 Cash: Jeff Johnson of Knoxville
2. $1,000 Cash: William & Jennifer Clifford
3. John Deere Lawn Mower (Kleine Equipment): Bruce Foote - Bruce Foote Chevrolet
4. 1 Annual Individual Membership (Knox Co YMCA): Ken Hutchenrider - Galesburg Cottage Hospital
5. Free Large pizza a month for a year (Pizza House): Jason & Justin & Jennifer Johnston
6. $100 HiLo & $100 Thrushwood Farms gift certs (Bullis & Sundberg): Richard Yemm - Yemm Chevrolet
7. $200 gift Certificate (Kohl's Diamond Gallery): Tom Steil - RSM McGladrey
8. $200 gift Certificate (Lindstrom's TV & Appliance): Dave Peck
9. 1 drink a week for a year (Innkeepers): Kristina Briggs
10. Cub Cadet String Trimmer (Birkey's Farm Store): Dave Marshall - Elks Club
11. Six Floral Bouquets (Cooks & Company): Skip Bell
12. Dinner for four (Watering Hole): Tom Warner - Crop Production
13. $100 Farm King gift cert & $25 Hi Lo meat cert.: Jill Walter
14. $100 gift certificate (Always Travel): Rossie Sargeant
15. $100 gift certificate (Seminary Street): Anne Carmen-Hendel
16. $75 gift cert (First Impressions Nail & Hair Salon): Susan Crawford
17. $75 gift certificate (Buffalo Wild Wings ): B. J. Hoyle
18. $75 gift cert (Hi Lo): Tom & Kaylee Johnson
19. One super wash/wax (Dave's Autobody): Mark Varnold
20. One super wash/wax (Dave's Autobody): Dwayne Sperlin
21. Two All Sports Passes (Galesburg High School): Ben & Ruth Allen
22. 1 mo pass for 4 Lakeside Water Park (city): Heather Guerrero
Winners will receive notification certificates and/or prizes in the mail within 96 hours of the race completion. Winner must present certificate to receive their prize.
(All information submitted by Galesburg Public Schools Foundation)
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