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One lucky duck could win $10,000

The Forsyth County Education Foundation is raising money for grants, but it’s not just teachers and students who will benefit.

CUMMING, Ga. — Members of the Forsyth County Board of Education will spend the next few weeks dressed as a duck.

“It's a shared costume,” Hannah Samples, the district’s communications facilitator, said. “We are all becoming the duck at some point.”

They’re making sure everyone knows about their new fundraiser, Duck Dive for Education, which will benefit the Forsyth County Education Foundation.

“Honestly, we had thrown around a lot of different ideas. Some other communities have done ideas similar to this, like duck derbies where you actually race ducks and things like that,” Samples said. “We decided that for us the best option would be more like a raffle.”

The proceeds will go toward grants that are given to different schools.

“Over the past three years, since the foundation has been around, they’ve given out $180,000 in grants to almost every school,” Samples said. “Every school is invited to apply for these grants, and the grants that we've given out so far have been for a wide variety of activities. It's all for innovative projects that are not typically funded through normal budget sources, and so it's been everything from STEM to social-emotional learning to gardens.”

Here’s how it works. A rubber duck with a specific number is purchased for $10. Since the ducks will be reused, you don’t actually get the duck. Rather, you are told the number of the duck. If your duck is drawn during the city of Cumming’s 4th of July festivities, you win the prize money which could total $10,000 if all the ducks are purchased.

“Ducks need to be adopted now,” Samples said. “The deadline to adopt ducks is May 24th, and we will release the numbers on June 10th, and then the duck will actually be drawn on July 4th.”

You don’t have to be present on July 4th to win, and you don’t even have to leave home to purchase a duck. Click here to enter the fundraiser.

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