Glenville-Emmons students will take the plunge

Published 9:27 am Friday, January 23, 2015

GLENVILLE — Glenville-Emmons High School seniors are taking the plunge. The Polar Bear Plunge.

The high school seniors are raising money to support both the Special Olympics of Minnesota and the senior class trip.

The Polar Bear Plunge is an event where participants raise money and jump into a lake during winter in support of Special Olympics athletes. The plunge the Glenville-Emmons seniors are taking part in will be March 6 at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

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Senior class advisor Mike Hockert said this is the second year the school is participating, as it’s also the second year that the Special Olympics is having its Cool School Plunge program. The program gives back $35 for every $100 to the school or organization to put towards an organization event. In this case, the senior class will be putting the money towards their senior trip, which should take place sometime in May.

Hockert also said the school district will try to get elementary students involved in the fundraising. The students will be too young to attend the plunge, but he said there will most likely be some sort of reward for whichever class raises the most funds.

Glenville-Emmons principal Jeff Tietje said students in seventh through 12th grades have to raise a minimum amount of $125 in order to be excused from classes to go up to Minneapolis to either participate in or watch the plunge. Those interested in donating can go to the Glenville-Emmons High School website at and go to the G-E Polar Plunge/Senior Class Fundraiser tab.

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Colleen Harrison is the photo editor at the Albert Lea Tribune. She does photography and writes general-assignment stories.

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