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  • QUACK! Dover Ducky Derby Debuts This Fall

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    July 02, 2018
    Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
    6 Washington Street
    Dover, NH 03820
    (603) 742-2002
    Dover Ducky Derby Debuts This Fall
    Dover, NH  (June 27, 2018) The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and SEED (Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover) have teamed up for the first annual Dover Ducky Derby on Saturday, September 22. The Derby is part of the Museum’s 35th Anniversary Free Family Fun Day – a day of hands-on activities both inside and outside the museum, performances and mini workshops representing the museum’s “greatest hits” over the past 35 years.
    “Dover is lucky to have the museum right in its back yard where families, students and the schools can enjoy all of the amazing learning experiences and opportunities they offer,” said Karen Duffy, incoming President of the SEED Board of Directors. “We congratulate the museum and its entire team of staff, Board Members and volunteers on 35 amazing years. We look forward to celebrating at this event.”
    The Derby will be the first rubber duck race in the city of Dover in many years. The bright yellow rubber ducks will be launched from the Washington Street Bridge at 1pm on Saturday, September 22 and race down the Cochecho River behind the museum. The first 5 rubber ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes. Those wanting to participate can “adopt” a duck either online at www.childrens-museum.org, or in person at the Museum. Ducks can also be purchased at the Free Family Fun Day. Adoption fees are $5 for one duck, $50 for a gaggle of 12 ducks, or $100 for a flock of 50 ducks.
    “We think the duck adoptions and derby is a fun way for families, as well as classrooms, scout troops, and businesses to participate in a fundraising activity that helps us celebrate our 35thbirthday,” shared Paula Rais, VP of Development and Community Engagement at CMNH. “And we’re thrilled to be partnering with SEED, an organization that does an amazing job supporting teachers and our schools.”
    It’s been a busy year for SEED. The organization was named Small Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce and surpassed $100,000 in grants awarded to teachers and administrators at Dover’s public schools. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has an exciting year of birthday celebrations planned and will be expanding and revamping several exhibit spaces thanks to $100,000 in business tax credits recently awarded from the NH Community Development Finance Authority. The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and SEED will share proceeds from the Dover Ducky Derby.
    About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
    The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org
    About SEED
    Formed in 2011, SEED is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote academic excellence, champion technology and reward educator innovation in Dover’s public schools. SEED support is not intended to replace appropriate municipal funding. SEED raises private philanthropic dollars and provides grant funds, on a competitive basis, to educators who submit formal applications. SEED’s overarching goals are to create a legacy for educational excellence in Dover Public Schools and to advocate the value of education in the community. SEED welcomes donations of time, talent, and resources. To get involved, please contact info@DoverSeed.org. To learn more, visit doverseed.org
    Neva Cole, Communications Director
    (603) 742-2002