Three Valle Catholic High School seniors, Nick Bader, Ashley Gettinger, and
Richele Ramer, who are members of the student council, took the plunge this year
at the annual Polar Plunge in Cape Girardeau.
The only requirement was that you raise a minimum of $75 by event day.
“Because of all the snow days we encountered we ended up signing up late, meaning we only had two weeks to raise this money. That didn’t stop these kids though. They shared the link to the online donation page via twitter, Facebook, and instagram several times a week, set up donation jars in the high school, asked many of the teachers, students, coworkers, family members and friends to donate even a dollar,” a school official said.
“By 10:30 a.m. on Friday, (the day before the event) just these three kids raised a grand total of $1000. This “unbearable” event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It feels so good to do something that benefits the community, they said,” the school official continued.
On Saturday, they headed down to Lake Boutin in Cape Girardeau and braved the cold freezing waters. After standing in the rain
for about an hour it made the actual lake waters seem much easier, still very very cold though. Though we couldn’t feel our feet for sometime after that it was all still so worth it. They were freezing for a reason!”
“On behalf of Valle Student Council we want to thank everyone that helped us achieve our goal of $1000. There are way to many people to name but you all know who you are. We really couldn’t have done it without you!”
Their parents (Steve & Margaret Gettinger, Joe & Debbie Ramer, and Clay & Mary Kay Bader) and StuCo moderator (Mary Boyer) are extremely proud of them.