Huber said that more than $4,000 has been raised by the plunge in the past two years for the academic boosters alone, and that through community and student participation, he believes this event will continue to be a great success. He also expressed his appreciation for Shawn Morris, Chris Plickert, and the other men and women who organize the Polar Bear Plunge. More than 35 students from Jefferson are planning to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge this year.
Junior Zoe Contenza, who also participated in the plunge last year, is excited to participate again this Saturday. “The plunge is a lot of fun, though it is very cold,” she said. “I think it is important to help support this cause, as well as our school.”
Contenza is an avid member of the Jefferson Model United Nations team, which is heavily supported by the Academic Boosters.
“Many of the programs that are supported by the boosters are very important to our school and its students. Without fund-raisers and generous charities like the Polar Bear Plunge, many activities would not be possible,” Contenza said.
There is great excitement in the competitive spirit of this charitable event. Jefferson, Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley high schools attempt to rally up the most plungers and raise the most money for each of their given funds. If members of the community wish to support any of the schools specifically, they may organize this with the school, or specify their wishes during sign ups.
“Mr. Meddock would have loved this event,” said Huber. “He would appreciate all of the many students and community members who come out to support.”
This year, the Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Saturday at the Roaming Shores Club House. Sign-ups will be from 1 until 3 p.m. The community is encouraged to come out and take the plunge.