Plunging for Funds: Local school raises money for new handicap accessible bridge
By Cassie Lennox
The temperatures are starting to drop, snow is starting to fall and the water is getting cold. Just ask anyone participating in the Boston School Forest’s Polar Pond Plunge. They’ll tell you just how cold the water is, but that it’s worth taking a plunge.
The Polar Pond Plunge is a fundraising event to help fund a new handicap accessible bridge across Ellingboe Pond. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 16, at Boston School Forest.
This will be the first and only Polar Pond Plunge by Boston School Forest, according to Karla Lockman, Program Leader at the school.
“I can’t wait to do my first ever Polar Pond Plunge,” she said. “One day in November we had a Biology class from SPASH (Stevens Point Area Senior High School) doing water quality sampling at the pond, and the students said ‘hey, why don’t you do a polar plunge to raise money for the bridge?’ I thought they were crazy, but after further discussion with those students we hatched the plan. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, since the new bridge is expected to last over 30 years.”
The school is looking to raise $22,000, of which all proceeds from this event will be going towards the construction of the new bridge, which is really considered a “floating classroom” for student groups to participate in outdoor environmental education programs.
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