Duck Fest 2019

A trio of duck herders help corral the 2,000 racing rubber ducks during Duck Fest on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Walnut Springs Park.

It’s funny how a flock of rubber ducks can raise such a ruckus.

People cheered along the banks of Walnut Branch as about 2,000 racers were dropped into the creek.

With a little help, the rubber ducks make their way to the finish line.

The first 40-ish finishers earned their adopters a variety of prizes, all donated by local businesses and residents, as well as Navarro ISD faculty, staff and administration.

It was all part of Duck Fest.

And while the event is all about fun and games, the purpose behind it is so much more.

Each year, the Navarro Education Foundation hosts the event in an effort to raise funds to give back to the classrooms.

It has been so successful the past 10 years that the event has raised more than $500,000, all benefitting teachers and children.

The teachers are encouraged to fill out a grant application and submit it to the foundation. A committee looks over the grants and selects how and where the funds will be distributed.

The requests range from technology in the classroom to educational experiences, trips and guest speakers, just to name a few.

This benefits everyone. These are items that the educators want, but the district doesn’t have the budget for.

They use these tools to inspire children to be the best and encourage them to want to learn more.

This is something that you can’t go wrong with.

It might sound a little quackers, but the NEF has struck gold with its annual fundraiser.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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