Groveland Elementary School dove right in to try to be the school raising the most funds to help education. Wednesday the school inflated a giant rubber duck to greet parents at the pick up line. Volunteers, meanwhile, talked with parents to get donations for the cause.
Mary Ann Sherrod of the Plaster Cottage created and donated duck earrings to be worn by the volunteers. Spiros Pizza will hold a pizza party for the class raising the most money.
Dawn Simons has coordinated the event at GES. Doug Major, events coordinator at the Education Foundation, was on hand to help the effort.
Pig on the Pond is a three day event that will be held at Clermont Waterfront Park on Friday through Sunday, March 7 through 9.
Duck adoptions started on January 1 and cost $5 for 1 race ducky or $10 for 3 race duckies and can be found at participating area schools, www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-educational-foundation-rubber-duck-race-tickets-10060628611 or a the big ducky tent at Pig on the Pond.
Duck Adoptions (tickets) purchased prior to March 6 at GES or elsewhere include free admission to Pig on the Pond on Sunday, March 9.
Starting at 1 pm on Sunday, March 9, the ducks will race in a heat every half hour. The top 25 lucky ducks that cross the finish line will go into the final heat that races at 3 pm.
The winning duck's owner will receive a $5,000 Scholarship and 6 other winners will receive prizes totaling over $3,000.
In addition to the carnival rides, music and fair food that Pig on the Pond offers, area schools will have game and novelty booths.