Annual duck race raises funds for Canyon-Lister school

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A beautiful afternoon and the rubber ducks were raring to go! The annual Canyon-Lister rubber duck race was held on April 15. For student safety reasons, the event was moved from Meadow Creek in Kitchener to a stream next to the Wynndel Community Hall.

Many students from Mr. Ewashen’s Grade 6/7 class have worked hard in this fundraising event and were eager to act as officials the day of the race. Smiling students, eager to get the race underway, spread themselves throughout the course acting as starters, finish line judges, photographers and reporters.

There were three races, with the first place duck from each race set aside.  Despite the hard work in collecting some 600 racing ducks, each student was excited for the grand finale. Friendly bets were placed on which duck would win the smallest number, the cutest one and the largest number. Students lined the banks cheering on their favourite.

The first place duck belonged to Cora Schultz, with the second place finish belonging to Tiffany Gorham, followed by third place Trudy Graham. The top prize was $500, with $300 for second and $200 for third. Before Mr. Ewashen’s class left, the students brought garbage bags and collected litter scattered along the waterway.

A special thanks to Tara Guthrie for being the fundraiser organizer, Overwaitea Food, Extra Foods and Pharmasave for allowing the class to use their locations to sell tickets, and the parents of the Grade 6/7 class who assisted with ticket sales and volunteered their time before and during the race.

A wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by all!