Archive for Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Turtles to races in fund-raiser

August 17, 2005

Leavenworth County Infant-Toddler Services' tiny-k program will be holding its second annual Turbo Turtle Trek. Roughly 1,000 Turbo Turtles will slide into the Tonganoxie swimming pool at 11 a.m. Aug. 27.

Each rubber turtle has been specially engineered for racing with a streamline design and exceptional buoyancy that keeps them afloat, upright and heading for the finish line.

Each brightly colored turtle will have a special adoption number on its belly to determine the winner of the race.

On Aug. 27, here's the schedule for turtle races: ¢ 10-11 a.m.: Turbo Turtle Adoptions and fun activities for children. ¢ 11 a.m.: Turbo Turtle Race. ¢ 11:30 a.m.: Winner will be announced. ¢ Noon: Hot dogs, chips and drinks available.

This countywide event is designed to help raise funds for babies with special needs or developmental delays.

The tiny-k program provides therapy services to children birth to age 3 in Leavenworth County. The services include, but are not limited to, physical, speech-language and occupational therapies, early childhood, special education, and social work.

These services are at no cost to the families.

Turbo Turtles, which were available at last week's Leavenworth County Fair, can be adopted at Clearwater Pool and Spas, 901 S. Fourth St. in Leavenworth until this Saturday.

The turtles also will be available for adoption until 11 a.m. the day of the race. The cost to adopt a turtle is $5 and all funds raised will stay in Leavenworth County.

The first-place winner will receive two round-trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines. The second-place winner will receive a one-night stay in a family suite at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan. Prizes will be awarded out to 30th place.

For additional information about tiny-k services or the Turbo Turtle Trek, call (913) 684-1444, extension 108.

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