BULLHEAD CITY — Students at the Academy of Building Industries High School in Fort Mohave were out this weekend beckoning people to enter a competition that promises a grand prize of $1,000 to some lucky duck.
Another selling point is the abundance of cuteness as thousands of yellow toy ducks make their way down the Colorado River.
We Care Cancer Support, Inc., used to host the community’s annual Duck Race, but a group of AOBI students and Community Financial Wellness, of Bullhead City, are organizing it this year.
Darlene Hiltner, executive director of CFW, also teaches a class on entrepreneurship at AOBI.
The duck race’s theme is now “Adopt a Duck — Race for Education,” which is to highlight the transition of the race to benefit a different community purpose than in the past, said AOBI student Jasmine Mason.
“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Mason said, as she played with a tiny toy duck dangling from a bright yellow cord around her neck.
Mason is among students at the public charter school who have put plenty of effort into ensuring the event turns out to be a success, Hiltner said.
Mason wore a duck hat and duck necklace at Saturday’s Wiggle Waggle walk, where the school had set up a table. Other forms of rubber duckery were at her fingertips as she answered questions about the race, displayed sample toy ducks and provided colorful leaflets of various sizes containing information about the race.
Proceeds from the event will help AOBI students learn first-hand about the values of purposeful reuse and self-sufficiency as they begin converting an old school bus into a greenhouse.
Hiltner said the students have a bus to repurpose but need money to move forward.
“It will keep the old bus out of the landfill and make it useful,” Hiltner said.
AOBI students will plant and tend food plants grown inside the climate-controlled greenhouse area.
“And,” Hiltner said, “if they grow food, they will eat it — which will encouraged them to think more about what they consume.”
CFW’s enterpreneurial programs will share proceeds from the race equally.
Organizers hope up to 2,000 toy ducks will make their way down the river. About 500 entries have been sold so far.
The Duck Race will be April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Community Park. The first race is scheduled for 11 a.m. It costs $5 to sponsor one duck. Purchase five ducks for $20; 13 ducks for $50; and 30 ducks for $100. There will be other prizes of $500 and $300.
Mason also said it will be a family event with food, craft and student vendors. A kids zone and music are planned.
For details, call 928-699-0548 or go to www.communityfinancial
AOBI students will be at the upcoming Farmers Market on March 10 at Community Park to sell more entries and promote the event.
Hiltner stressed that people could pay for racing ducks until about an hour or so before the start of the first race, unless there are no more entries available