Students take the Plunge for Special Olympics

Sarah Banta and Sky Bowers

For the fourth year in a row, our school participated in the Polar Plunge on Nov. 16, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This event, which benefited the Special Olymipcs, took place on Beach 7 at Presque Isle.  Although it was a beautiful sunny day, the outdoor temperature was in the mid-20’s and the temperature of the water was 48 degrees at plunge time.

   Senior Jerry Paulus attended the event both this year and last year. He commented, “I froze my butt off, but it was fun.”

     Although it is not mandatory, the school sets a team goal to raise $500 every year including a requested donation amount of $20 per participant. In accordance with our school support of the event, our teachers had two dress-down donation days which raised a total of $295. The unified track team also had a week-long bake sale. In all, $927 was raised for the cause. In addition to our contribution, the event sucessfully raised a total of $80,000!

     During the event, there were several activities to entertain: free food, hot chocolate, and a DJ playing music. As for the actual plunge, participants were put into teams and took turns running into the water. You could dip a toe, wade, or jump into Lake Erie. The state police lead the Polar Plunge by entering the water in their uniforms before everyone else. The funds raised from the plunge support the nearly 20,000 athletes that participate in Special Olympics activities.

      Senior Taylor Church, who participated in the event for the second year in a row said, “It was a lot colder this year, but still fun. [We were] freezin’ for a reason.”