What is with the Ducks?
What’s with these ducks? The lifesaver ducks are a new pilot program that the AHA designed to give student’s badges of honor to wear around during Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.
I had the chance to visit with Coach Sweet at Willard Orchard Hills. His school was one of our pilot schools for this program and here’s what he had to say about it:
Unlike the regular thank you gifts, these can be given immediately to students! We shipped our pilot schools a bunch of Quacky and Ninja ducks to get them started. Like you may have seen in the video above (if you can watch youtube videos at school), we asked students to raise at least $10 to get Quacky and their Lanyard. With our pilot schools, we shared that any online donation would earn them a ninja duck! We consuqently ran out of ninja ducks a lot quicker than anyone expected and have had to replace them with our Angry Bird ducks.
I liked Coach Sweet’s stance of encouraging a minimum donation for the Ninja Duck of $10 so kids could get two ducks in one effort!
Because this program has been so incredibly successful with our pilot schools, we are offering it to any remaining schools that have yet to start their events this year. Instead of the full four ducks, we’ve found two to be the magic number. I have plenty of quacky and angry bird ducks heading my way to my office as you read this so if you’d like to use them this year, post me a comment below!
What do you think of these ducks? Do you want to use them later this year or next year if you are already done with your event? Give your honest feedback! I can say I wasn’t originally sold on them until I realized that kids legitimately treated them like badges of honor and they really have inspired growth in the number of participants at our pilot schools!