South River Plunge Team Has Saturday Burpee Fundraiser Planned

The Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge is a hugely popular event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Special Olympics and programs for Intellectually Disabled students in the state. The plunge is basically a swim in the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay in winter. Swim is generous. Dip is what most do. Locally, South River High School‘s Snohawks plunge team is busy fundraising for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools plunge date, set for Feb. 1.

The plunge on Jan. 26 has so far raised over $775,000 for the 2013 season.

A burpee starts from standing.

Organizing the plunge this year is Doug Brown, a government teacher at South River. He said the first year had just 25 people participate. This year they have over 350 students and teachers involved.They are fundraising in a variety of ways.

Burpees Fundraiser.On Saturday, Jan 12, student athletes (male and female) from lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, football, track, wrestling and basketball will participate in a Burpee-a-thon at the main stadium at South River. Participants get pledges from friends and families for the number of burpees that a student can complete in one hour. All the money raised will go to the Snohawks’ group fund. The public is invited to come out and cheer the athletes on. There will be prizes and the Special Olympics Plunge Bear will be on hand.

Then down to a pushup

So far the Snohawks have raised over $12,000, according to Greg Speed, a lacrosse coach. If they can raise up to $25,000, Speed will become a “superplunger” where he will get to plunge in the cold waters once an hour for 24 hours. If they raise $40,000, special education teacher Mary Kokosko will join Speed as a super plunger.

Menchies Fundraiser. From Jan. 15 to Jan. 30, Menchies in the Town Centre in Annapolis will be giving 20% of their proceeds to the Snowhawks. Stop by for a fro-yo and tell them you’re supporting South River Snohawks.

Kiss the Goat Fundraiser. Tinkerbell the goat—who visited the school on Thursday—will be puckered up for the teacher that can fill a large jar with $300. Ten teachers are involved in this fundraiser. Each was given a jar. Students participate by giving the teachers “votes” also known as cash in their jars. Teachers who have hit the $300 mark will have to smooch on Tinkerbell the goat at the South River vs. Archbishop Spalding game on Jan. 20. The goat belongs to the family farm of a student. The goat will not be harmed in this activity.

Jan. 15 Adams Ribs Fundraiser. Coach Paul Noone will be guest bartending at Adam’s Ribs in Edgewater on Jan. 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. See the attached flyer for all details.  Take-out from Adam’s Ribs is included in the proceeds that Adam’s will be donating back to the Special Olympics, so if you can’t stay and eat, place an order and take dinner home to the family. Adam’s will be giving back at least 10 percent of the proceeds.

Jan. 21 Stan & Joes Fundraiser. We’ll be at Stan & Joe’s in Edgewater for part two of our restaurant fundraisers for the Special Olympics.  Coach Noone will be behind the bar from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Mary Kokosko will be helping behind the bar from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 21.  Stan & Joes will have food and drink specials. In addition they are planning a few other things to make the night a good time and raise money for a great cause.

Then back up to standing.

Plunge Card. Plungers are selling cards for $1 each that then get posted to the cafeteria wall with the donor’s name. This is a common fundraiser where by the end, the cards should fill a wall with the cards of supporters to the cause.

In all, they hope to raise $50K by Feb. 1.

Brown said that he feels students readily relate to the plunge because most of the students know someone with an intellectual disability. They may attend classes together or play on some of the unified sports teams at the school: bocce, bowling and tennis.

“We have special ed kids in the building,” Brown said. “So it is something tangible. They see where the money goes and recognize its for a good cause.”

Student Plunge on Frigid Friday

Jump up to standing and then start over.

Four years ago, Plunge organizers recognized that a number of plungers were coming from area schools. The plunge is a big event, with tens of thousands of people crowding onto the shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park. Alcohol is served in copious quantity. With the partying atmosphere, organizers wanted to make the plunge as safe for students as possible, so they set aside a separate date for students from across the state.

Thus, “Frigid Friday” was born, where students plunge the day before.

Organizer Doug Brown

This year, the main plunge will be on Jan. 26. Frigid Friday will technically be Jan. 25, but South River, and Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) students in general, will be in the throes of mid-term exams on Jan. 25. So organizers arranged for the AACPS students to plunge on Feb. 1—one week later, but still on a Friday. Many schools and sports teams have plunge teams, so there should still be a healthy turnout.

Brown said that they still have room on the team, but all plungers have to be signed up by Jan. 25 at the absolute latest. There are logistics to getting all of the students to the site on Friday.

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