Duck, duck, duck … winner!
On the main fairway of the city of Cumming Fourth of July extravaganza, the Forsyth County Education Foundation picked its lucky duck for the first ever “Duck Dive.”
Out of nearly 4,000 rubber duckies, the North Forsyth Rotary Club was selected as the winner of a $10,000 prize.
According to Jennifer Caracciolo, director of communications for Forsyth County Schools, over the last half year the education foundation “adopted” thousands of ducks out to members of the community to raise funds for the work the foundation does in the school system.
The foundation has given out more than $188,000 in grants to schools and teachers in Forsyth County, Caracciolo said.
Before donning a blindfold and climbing into the pool of ducks to pick a lucky winner, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden thanked the community for its support of the foundation.
"I think it’s been a great first time fundraiser for us," Bearden said. "It will be nice to get that money back into our schools, and I just want to thank everybody for their support."
Bearden said that with no administrative costs or fees, all the funds gathered by the “Duck Dive” will go straight into local classrooms.
"We have a lot of really innovative teachers who could not get the supplies that they need to do this work without the education foundation providing those sponsorships," he said. "Again, it's a great community effort and we're just appreciative of everybody who’s adopted a duck for us."
Bearden hopes the fundraiser can grow next year and provide more grants for more teachers.
"It's amazing really, and I really think next year, having an entire year to sell them and to plan, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don't sell all 20,000 next year," he said. "Which is an incredibly lofty goal, but now that the awareness is out there and people understand what a great cause it is, I think it’s very much attainable."