NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- In a twist on the summers hottest -- or coolest -- trend, Somerset School's Student Council decided to kick off its year by raising money for the ALS Bucket Challenge. Only this time they turned the tables on their teachers, getting them to agree to one teacher getting dunked for every $20 the kids raised.
Student Council advisors Kate Moore and Eleftheria Fiotakis wanted to kick off the 2014-15 school year with a fun outdoor event in the warm weather, and Principal Reginald Sainte-Rose suggested the ALS bucket challenge as a way for the students to have fun and benefit the community.
"We thank the staff, parents, and students for the generous donation of their time and money in making this fundraiser so fun and successful," said Moore and Fiotakis.
Students were only given two days to collect the funds during home room and lunch, yet were able to come up with a whopping $381 to go to help people suffering from Lou Gherig's disease. That was enough to get 19 grown-ups dunked, and to teach the students that fun and charity go together.
The entire school was invited outside just before the final bell on Friday, September 12 to watch 17 teachers, Sainte-Rose and Vice Principal Luis Jaime as they poured buckets of ice water on each other. The students cheered and laughed as they watched their teachers and adminstrators cringe as they followed through on their commitment.