Recently, RPS 205 Early Childhood staff were "Freezing for a Reason" as they took the plunge into a frozen Olsen Lake at Rock Cut State Park as part of the annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics. This year, the RPS 205 Early Childhood staff raised nearly $2,000. The event itself raised $121,870 as of March 4.
The team was comprised mainly of staff from Nashold Early Childhood Center and one teammate from Summerdale Early Childhood Center. A mix of teachers, paraprofessionals and one office secretary braved the frigid temperatures and jumped into a frozen lake in the middle of the polar vortex — all for a good cause.
Many team members took the plunge for the first time and remarked what a great experience it was. They are already looking forward to freezing for a reason again next year. The team has grown from a few brave souls back in 2016 to almost 15 plungers at this year's event. Early Childhood staff are already planning for next year and have a goal of recruiting 5-10 more plungers to jump in with them.
Donations can still be made until April 30, 2019 and can be done online: https://soill.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.donate&eventID=677.
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