The Communities In School Duck Derby is a "must see" event where hundreds of numbered rubber ducks are launched into the Chickamauga Creek in Ringgold. These rubber ducklings will race toward the finish line for a chance to win $1,000 plus other prizes.

The Duck Derby will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clark Park located on Robin Road in Ringgold. Admission is free. You can purchase a duck to enter the race now by going to www.ciscatoosa.org. Ducks start at $10. Ducks will also be sold at the event prior to the race.

Live entertainment: The Mules will perform at 11:30 a.m. and the Duck Parade will start at 12:30 pm. Craft vendor, food, inflatables and much more.

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that delivers the human, financial, and community resources to help children succeed in school and in life. For 19 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and move on to bright futures. Executive Director Suzanne Chovanec stated "This is our third year hosting the Duck Derby and the event grows bigger and better every year. The money raised is vital to maintaining our programs and services to Catoosa County’s most vulnerable students

Communities In Schools' unique model positions site coordinators inside the schools to assess students’ need and provide resources to help them succeed. It partners with local businesses, social services agencies, healthcare providers and volunteer. Whether it’s food, clothing, school supplies, counseling, academic assistance, or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.

Here is what one of our students had to say: "First, I would like to say that before Communities In Schools came into my life my family had a lot of worries. My dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer and lost his job. So, everything was on my mother. She had to worry about food, shelter, and bills. Soon my mom got very sick and could no longer work, so there was no money for anything, bills, shelter or food and of course extra activities. Additionally, there was no Christmas in sight for any of us kids; but Communities In Schools changed that for our family. On Christmas day we got to be a normal family, spend time together and open presents. Finally, I would like to say thank you to Communities In Schools for being so helpful. I would encourage people to support Communities In Schools. You can help turn someone’s life around in the blink of an eye. Communities In Schools will forever hold a special place in my heart." - Courtney, 9th Grader

To learn more visit www.ciscatoosa.org or call 706-858-0529.