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Rubber Ducky Race for Literacy Highland Lakes hits the water April 11

F YOU GO WHAT: Rubbery Ducky Race for Literacy Highland Lakes WHEN: 12:30 p.m. April 11 WHERE: YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet TICKETS: Sponsor a ducky for $5 each or $20 for a Quack Pack of five FOR MORE: Call Literacy Highland Lakes at (512) 756-7337


BURNET — With the big race around the corner, rubber duckies across the Highland Lakes are putting in extra time in the water. Each one wants to cross the finish line first on April 11 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond to earn their sponsor prizes and bragging rights for the next year.

The training regime is rigorous as the rubber duckies prepare for the annual Literacy Highland Lakes Rubber Ducky Race at 12:30 p.m. in the YMCA pool, 1601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281). The little ducks know exactly what’s on the line: adult literacy, GED and U.S. citizenship programs.

So they’re gladly turning a few more laps in the pond or stretches across the lake for Literacy Highland Lakes.

Literacy Highland Lakes provides adult education classes in literacy, basic reading, citizenship, English as a Second Language and General Education Development (GED) preparation. The courses are typically free for students, which means Literacy Highland Lakes depends heavily on fundraisers such as the annual Rubber Ducky Race, which started in 2005.

The Rubber Ducky Race, which takes place during the annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, gives people and businesses a chance to support the organization’s efforts. The cost of sponsoring a highly trained rubber ducky is $5 per duck or $20 for a Quack Pack of five.

Tickets for the ducks can be picked up at YMCA of the Highland Lakes; the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce, 100 Ave. G in Marble Falls; the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Pierce St. in Burnet; or from any Literacy Highland Lakes board member. You also might be able to pick up a ticket just before the race or at the Literacy Highland Lakes booth during the Bluebonnet Festival, which is April 10-11 in downtown Burnet.

Call Literacy Highland Lakes at (512) 756-7337 for more information. Businesses also may sponsor the race as well.

So if you see rubber duckies in the area spending a little more time swimming around the lakes, ponds and even bathtubs, they’re just getting their racing legs in shape for Literacy Highland Lakes.