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Superintendent Listening Post

Polar Plunge: Into the water together


Are you ready to take the plunge?

Spread the Word that on March 13th, outside of door 6, at the beginning of 8th hour, Mayo High School will be holding the third annual Mobile Polar Plunge! All are welcome to participate, but all participants must raise a minimum of 25 dollars (don’t worry; if you can’t do that, there are people who are willing to help). 

Mayo’s Unified Club members have contacted leaders of Mayo’s sports teams, hoping that they will get their teammates to participate in the plunge. The Boys Hockey team is hopeful that they’ll have a good number who are brave enough to face the chill, while the Boys Golf team is trying to get their entire team to jump. That would definitely be the ultimate example of unity. 

The club wants anyone who wants to plunge to be able to do so; the purpose of the polar plunge is to support those with special needs here at Mayo. That is why they are looking for businesses to help support those who want to jump but are unable to raise the money. Also in an effort to help raise money for that $25 entry donation for those who need help, Mrs. Priebe helped to arrange meals for Mayo Staff during the recent parent conference night; when they bought a Chick-fil-A dinner, additional proceeds went toward funding those $25 entries. 

The Mobile Polar Plunge raises funds and awareness for the Special Olympics and Mayo High School’s Unified Spartans program. Unified Club’s activities include unified PE and unified art. The mission of the Unified Spartans is to build an inclusive school community by creating relationships between students with and without special needs. Polar Plunge coordinator Mr. Colin Thomas, who is a leader of the Unified Club explained why students at Mayo participate: “It’s important for students with special needs to see their classmates who support them and get excited about them. This is an opportunity where we can support and cheer for them. The special needs students here at Mayo get excited about the plunge. People should participate because it’s a tangible way to do something small to support others.” Their whole goal is that they want you to take that mind set out into your job or into your future career and one day help others in need and support those who support you. 

Mr. Colin Thomas said “The reason why we have this is to build relationships between students with and without special needs.” The plunge is designed not only to raise funds for the program, but also to donate the proceeds to Special Olympics Minnesota. Some of the funds will be used to host other activities, so Mayo, Century, and JM can participate in a unified bowling activity, which helps build community. If you are looking for a way to support a good cause and the students here at Mayo, come support the polar plunge on March 13th!

Photos courtesy of Adam Betz

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