LOUISIANA, Mo. -- The Louisiana Lions Club will be focusing on ducks this weekend.
The club's popular fundraiser -- the Original Great Mississippi River Duck Hunt -- will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of Louisiana Country Colorfest.
Participants will buy tickets corresponding to numbered rubber ducks. If a participant's duck is one of the winners plucked from a kiddie pool by members of the crowd, the ticket holder wins one of more than 20 prizes donated by area merchants.
The top prize is a Henry Golden Boy .22-caliber western rifle.
Tickets cost $4 for one duck, $10 for three, and can be bought from any Lions Club member. Tickets also can be bought at the Lions Club tent at Third and Georgia Street on Saturday and Sunday during Colorfest. Also on Sunday, tickets can be bought at the riverfront until just before the duck hunt begins.
Proceeds from the event will be used to help finance various Lions Club local service projects benefitting sight and hearing research, educational efforts and community needs.
One new effort funded by the Duck Hunt involved the creation of "fraction illustrator" games for local schools.
The Lions Club recently created 42 sets of the games out of 75 foam pool noodles previously used when the Original Great Mississippi River Duck Race was held on the Mississippi River. The plastic ducks were corralled inside the pool noodles until they were suddenly released and floated downsteam, with the first ducks crossing the finish line declared the winners.
However, last year the club did away with duck racing on the Mississippi and starting using a kiddie pool for the restyled duck hunt, so the pool noodles were no longer needed. That's when club member Tim Reeve, a former math teacher, came up with the suggestion of turning the noodles into math games for local schools.
Reeve designed the initial prototype, which involved cutting the noodles into small chunks placed on dowels attached to a base. Fractions are written on each piece, and each row of fractions adds up to a whole number. Students can then use the organizer in the classroom to conceptualize math lessons involving fractions.
"They can play with it and rearrange it and see how it all goes together," Reeve said.
Once the prototype was finished, other club members built 41 more of the fraction illustrator games for distribution to schools. The $250 cost for materials was financed through Duck Hunt proceeds.