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You might've seen police chasing a pink flamingo at Lanier Tech Sept. 16. No, you didn't imagine it.
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Lanier Technical College officer Steve Carey chases a flamingo costumed Karen Nowakowski Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, across the school's quad during a fund raising kickoff event for SkillsUSA. - photo by Scott Rogers

Lanier Tech has been invaded by pink flamingos.

No, it's not an invasion of live birds. A flock of the plastic critters has been placed around campus as part of a fundraiser for SkillsUSA.

Each flamingo has "stolen" the name of a faculty or staff member, and the only way someone can rescue their name is to make a donation.

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Bright pink plastic flamingos fills the Lanier Technical College quad Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, for a SkillsUSA fund raising event. The birds have the names of school faculty members and can be removed from the quad and placed into the flamingo pen once their donation has been made. - photo by Scott Rogers

The event began Sunday, Sept. 15, and runs all week.

And speaking of running, on Monday, campus police were in high-speed pursuit of one flamingo, otherwise known as volunteer Karen Nowakowski, one of the event's Flamingo Control Officers, who donned a bright pink costume for the fundraiser.

Faculty and staff can make donations to any Flamingo Control Officer (Nowakowski, Kari Register, Tommy Morris or Sarah Jolly) or visit the Lanier Tech business office. Donors who give $25 or more have the option to adopt their flamingo and take it home. The faculty or staff member who raises the most money will receive a gift card. The class that raises the most money for its instructor will be awarded a pizza party and own flamingo mascot.

SkillsUSA helps students by training them to become members of a skilled workforce through the development  of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

Compiled from Lanier Tech release.

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