ANDOVER — On March 8 many Pymatuning Valley students will be participating in the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge at Roaming Shores Club House/Main Beach. Students have to raise a minimum of $50 to be able to plunge into the water and receive a T-shirt. Students receive five volunteer hours for every $50 raised, and an additional five hours for plunging into the water.
All money that PV students raise goes toward the Jeffrey B. Meddock Scholarship Fund. Meddock is a former high school principal who passed away unexpectedly in 2008. Two scholarships are given out each year in his memory; one to a four-year college student, and one to a two-year technical school student.
Meddock remains very close to the hearts of students and staff as a result of his school pride and love for others, even though most of the current students did not know him directly. Participation in this event will help to continue Meddock’s legacy. Other charities that benefit from the plunge include the Jefferson High School Academic Boosters, Grand Valley Schools and Roaming Shores Breakfast with Santa.
Karen Cooley, Pymatuning agricultural teacher and Future Farmers of America adviser, said, “Having so many students actively involved in seeing Mr. Meddock’s dream being followed through. He liked seeing people engaged in something that they are passionate about.”
Mr. Meddock was the main inspiration to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge for many students and faculty at Pymatuning Valley Schools. Despite this only being the ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge at Roaming Shores Club House/Main Beach, Pymatuning Valley has previously participated in polar bear plunges in Lake Erie. Roaming Shores served as a new opportunity in a location closer to home for many students. Registration for the plunge begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 2:45, with the plunge starting at 3 p.m.