DOUGLAS COUNTY — This week, students from Discovery Middle School in Alexandria and Brandon-Evansville students jumped into a massive container of cold water during their schools' Cool School Plunge events.
The events raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota and this year, the two events raised more than $40,000. As of Wednesday afternoon, March 8, the total between the two schools was $40,449, according to their plunge websites.
On Tuesday, March 7, at their first-ever event, 39
students took the plunge, raising $5,929.
On Wednesday, March 8, 320
students took their turn jumping into the cold water. They raised $34,520. This was the fifth year for the Discovery Middle School event. Lukas Gotto, DMS teacher and event organizer, said the school has raised about $188,000 in its five-year history of doing the Cool School Plunge.
He also noted that representatives from Special Olympics Minnesota told him that the Alexandria school plunge is a flagship event and is the best school event in the state. Gotto said that he is hoping to be able to share the school's success at the national Special Olympics conference later this year in Chicago.
Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.