Freezin for a reason: Students, teachers plunge into cold lake to raise money for Special Olympics

Lydia Urice
Junior Editor

Polar Plunge

Posters promoting the polar plunge are posted around the school.

Student Council and Best Buddies are helping the Missouri Special Olympics put on the Polar Plunge, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Registration will open at 11 a.m., and the event will take place around 1 p.m. at Creve Coeur Lake.

Individuals can plunge as well. The cost to plunge is $75 per person, but anyone can come just to watch. Students can register through Student Council or at the lake.

Four teachers– Dontrail Johnson, Lana Harter, Evyn Spencer and David Kraus– have volunteered to participate in Jug Wars.

Jug Wars is a competition where students put money in jugs designated for each participating teacher. Silver coins are negative, and pennies and cash are positive. The winning teacher (the teacher with the highest amount of money after deduction of pennies and cash) will plunge into the cold lake. The last day to participate in jug wars was Feb. 11.

“I’ve actually always wanted to do the Polar Plunge, but it’s never worked out with my schedule,” Spencer said. “It’s a great way to fundraise both for Special Olympics, and I’ll be able to do it depending on if I win or lose.”

“If I end up being the teacher who doesn’t, I’m also willing to do it with the teacher who ends up doing it,” Spencer said.

Johnson said, “It’s a great way to raise money. I’m not a huge fan of cold water, but I’m here for it if it raises money for the Special Olympics.”

Jug Wars isn’t the final determining factor on which teachers plunge.

“If I end up being the teacher who doesn’t, I’m also willing to do it with the teacher who ends up doing it,” Spencer said.

“If someone peer pressures me into it [plunging no matter what], then I might do it,” Johnson said.

“I feel like that [all four teachers plunging] might be a thing that ends up happening, not that we’ve actually talked about it, but peer pressure,” Johnson said.

Lydia Urice – Junior Editor

This will be Lydia Urice’s second year on ECHO staff.  Last year, she was podcast editor, and this year she is junior editor.


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