Discovery Middle School 'Cool School Plunge' top in state, raising $44,100
The event has garnered $153,000 in the last five years for Special Olympics Minnesota
ALEXANDRIA – With 374 plungers and $44,100 raised, the Cool School Plunge at Discovery Middle School was deemed another major success by organizer Lukas Gotto.
“The event keeps us as the best single school plunge in the state and possibly the nation,” said Gotto, noting that this year’s event had MicDrop Entertainment serve as emcees. “You could certainly feel the energy from having a professional company do the event for us.”
Once again, he said the school’s plunge, which took place Friday, March 11, was the highest grossing Cool School Plunge.
“The community continues to surprise us with the support for the plunge, inclusion and Special Olympics Minnesota,” said Gotto. “For us to be able to continue that kind of level for four years is downright mind-boggling, especially when you add it all up and see that we’ve hit $153,000 in our first four years.”
He also added that when it comes to picking a date for the event, he continues to have a hard time choosing one where the weather has cooperated. Out of the four years he has been in charge, three of the initial dates have needed to be rescheduled and moved to a later date because of a snow storm and school being canceled. And, he said, the rescheduled dates end up having cold and nasty weather, too.
That was the case on Friday, he said.
“The last time I looked at the weather that day it was 5 degrees with 20-30 mph winds,” said Gotto. “It certainly made the plunge feel like it was right in the middle of winter again! The air was actually colder than the water was, as the water temperature was 35 degrees.”
Gotto thanked the Alexandria Fire Department for filling the tank used for the plunge.
With all the “bad happening around the world,” Gotto said it was so awesome to see something so good happening and that the community once again rallied behind the school and students’ needs.
“I'm excited to continue the Cool School Plunge as an annual tradition and hope to expand upon it next year as we celebrate our five-year mark. There's nothing in stone yet, but I'm looking to make it the biggest plunge yet!” he said. “A special thank you to everyone who helps support the plunge both with time or finances. There are so many people and places to thank, but a big thank you to Sgt. Keith Melrose with the Alexandria Police Department for everything he continues to do to support our plunge and help it run smoothly.”