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Literacy Highland Lakes Rubber Ducky Race Raising Money at Bluebonnet Festival

Rubber duckies across the Highland Lakes are training for the upcoming Rubber Ducky Race for Literacy scheduled for 12:30 p.m. April 8 at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet. The event raises money for Literacy Highland Lakes, which provides free tutoring to adults taking General Educational Development tests, English as a Second Language classes, citizenship studies, and basic college preparation studies. Tickets are $5 to sponsor a duck, though the best deal is a Quack Pack with five tickets for $20. The top three ducks win their sponsors some great prizes. Tickets will be on sale the day of the race from 10 a.m.-noon. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

BURNET — If you happen to see a flock of rubber duckies doing an endless number of burpees or pushups in the park, don’t worry, they’re just getting in shape for the annual Literacy Highland Lakes Rubber Ducky Race for Literacy.

“It’s one of our most important fundraisers,” said Nancy Richardson of Literacy Highland Lakes.

The rubber duckies take it pretty seriously as they put in time in the gym in anticipation of the big event. The Rubber Ducky Race for Literacy is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Hamilton Creek Park, located on West Jackson Street on the west side of U.S. 281. The race is part of the annual Bluebonnet Festival and takes place right after the main parade.

While the rubber duckies are grinding out rep after rep of pushups and pull-ups (or is it wing-ups?), they each need sponsors to participate in the race. Anyone can sponsor a duck for $5 each or, better yet, a QuackPack for $20 with five rubber ducks.

Tickets will be available from 10 a.m.-noon the day of the race.

The money raised supports Literacy Highland Lakes’ effort to further adult literacy and adult education across the Highland Lakes.

“We offer (English as Second Language classes), (General Education Development test) preparation, and citizenship classes as well as general adult literacy programs,” Richardson said.

The classes meet regularly in Burnet, Marble Falls, Kingsland, and Bertram. Go to literacyhl.org for a complete list of classes, locations, and times.

The services are free and rely on donations and volunteers.

“We have so many people who need the help we offer,” Richardson added.

Adults who struggle with literacy often find it difficult to get better jobs or further their education so they can pursue better options.

And an educated society benefits everyone.

Along with the regular classes and programs, Richardson said Literacy Highland Lakes also offers one-on-one tutoring for adults.

To keep the road to literacy open, Literacy Highland Lakes needs help. One of the best ways to help — other than volunteering — is by sponsoring one or more ducks for the Rubber Ducky Race for Literacy.

Along with supporting a great program, you could win a $300 Salem’s Jewelry gift certificate (first place), a $200 City Tire gift card (second place), or a $100 Ford and Crew gift card (third place). There are also a number of other prizes such as massages, pedicures, dinners, and more.

So get your duckies in a row and go race.

Go to literacyhl.org for more information on the program.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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