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Hunting for education – Duck hunt funds scholarships
Duck Hunters will be taking to the streets of Silverdale soon for a good cause.
The Silverdale Rotary’s Annual Duck Hunt is currently under way, and proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s ongoing scholarship fund.
The event will take rubber ducks that have been decorated by local artists, Silverdale Rotarians and students from Emerald Heights Elementary school and place them on display at local businesses.
Duck hunting licenses are on sale for a dollar at local establishments such as All Star Lanes, Chung’s Teriyaki, Global Bean Coffee, Our Place Tavern, Yacht Club Broiler and Wholesale Sports among others.
The businesses will sell the duck hunting licenses until July 14 when the ducks will be hidden and participants who hold a license will be able to receive a list at Key Bank for locations where they can embark upon their own duck hunt.
Participants who find a duck and hold a license can keep the art work and know they have helped a local student find a better future, officials of the event said.
Nancy Whitaker, chair of the duck hunt for the Rotary, said the event was inspired by the Kingston Slug Hunt and was a light-hearted means of helping local students achieve their dreams of higher education.
“It is a fun project because it is silly and it’s a great way to get people in small businesses in the area,” she said. “The best part is that it will help us raise money for scholarships for local students.”
Whitaker said sponsors of the event had voted on their 12 favorite ducks which can be purchased at a silent auction held on the day of the event.
Whitaker said the scholarships will help aid local students on both a needs and academic based set of criteria and added that the Silverdale Rotary has already awarded $13,000 in scholarship money this year alone and has helped many local students achieve their higher education goals in the past.
“When you hear some of these students stories it either makes you want to cry for them or feel like an under-achiever,” she said. “They deserve our help.”