Plastic pink flamingos are flocking to the yards of Columbus homes as a fundraiser for the Student Emergency Fund at Ivy Tech Community College’s Columbus campus.

The fund provides financial assistance to students who experience emergency situations that can affect their educational success, such as utility shut-offs, vehicle maintenance, child care needs or other unexpected issues.

Students raise money through the pink flamingo flocking by filling unsuspecting residents’ yards with the fake fowl and asking them to donate money to the emergency fund if the residents choose to “flock” someone else.

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“We are working very hard to put the ‘community’ back in ‘community college.’ The pink flamingos are a fun way for us to raise awareness within the community of our students’ needs,” Ivy Tech Columbus Student Government Association President Jonathan Sweet said. “We want all our peers at the college to reach their educational goals, and the Student Emergency Fund helps us remove unexpected obstacles they might encounter.”

The flocking will continue until the end of the spring semester in May and will resume at the beginning of the fall semester in the August/September timeframe, said Chris Schilling, Ivy Tech’s director of marketing and communications.

For more information about the Student Emergency Fund or to donate, contact Sweet at