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Merrimack Valley

October 4, 2012

Flamingos to take over Andover lawns for cause

ANDOVER — The pink flamingos have returned to town.

But don’t be alarmed because they’re plastic.

The hokey lawn ornaments have been popping up on lawns across town at the beginning of this month as part of a fundraiser put on by the West Middle School Parent Advisory Council.

Volunteers will be secretly planting these colorful plastic birds in different yards for the next two weeks for the fundraiser, known as “flocking.”

The fundraiser works like this. You pay $40 to have a flock of about 12 plastic pink flamingos stuck into your friend’s front lawn.

Your friend, the “flockee,” then has two options. Either fork over $40 to have the birds migrate to a friends yard or wait between 24 to 48 hours for the West Middle School volunteers to pick up the flock.

If you don’t want any part of this, you have the option of paying $15 to block the flock from coming on your yard at all. This is called “flocking insurance.”

The birds only stay within the townline and there about 10 of the “flocks” migrating around town.

Caroline Lyons, a member of the Parent Advisory Council, said the group has successfully done the fundraiser in the past, mostly recently in 2009.

“It is a great way to raise school spirit and it is a fun way to raise money for the school, “ Lyons said.

Many of the school’s students are involved in placing the “flocks” where they need to be.

The money raised will be used to help supplement the school’s technology budget as well as contribute funds to its existing anti-bullying program. Lyons said.

“Everyone is having a great time,” Lyons said. “On the first day we had a bunch of orders ready to go.”

Anyone interested in placing a flocking order visit https://sites.google.com/site/westmiddlepac/flamingos or send an email to wmsflocking@gmail.com and an order form will be sent to you.

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