Greenfield High School plunges for Special Olympics

  • Greenfield High School’s main entrance. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Report
Published: 4/6/2021 3:21:20 PM

GREENFIELD — Participating in the Massachusetts Special Olympics Polar Plunge has become a tradition for the Greenfield High School Student Council over the past eight years. But this year, the council took a broader approach, inviting the entire student population and staff to join them in raising money and awareness for the Special Olympics.

According to a Greenfield High School press release, 40 brave souls answered the challenge and found unique ways to “take the plunge.” In the past, Student Council members have plunged into the ocean on Cape Cod.

For example, the release details, Spanish teacher Tara Cloutier dove into the Green River. Ninth-grader Ainslee Flynn let her mother throw a bucket filled with cold water and ice cubes at her, while Ava and Brielle Widello traveled to the beach and ran waist deep into the water. Other non-traditional options for plunging included eating a pint of ice cream as quickly as possible, standing in a bucket of ice, participating in a snowball fight and making a snow angel.

Greenfield High School Student Council Advisor Angela Mass allowed her children to spray her with a hose for one second for every $10 raised. At the time of her “plunge,” the school had raised $790. The school ultimately finished with more than $1,000 — more than any other previous year, according to the release.

“It was great to see the Greenfield community get involved in what was historically a Student Council event,” Mass said. “I hope this new tradition can continue for years to come, with the school doing its own version of the plunge.”

The Special Olympics website explains that all the money raised through the Polar Plunge supports sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities in Massachusetts.

An annual tradition of the Polar Plunge is to dress in costume. The Greenfield High School students were able to vote on a theme for their costumes and they chose superheroes. According to the release, many students had superhero-themed costumes already, while others donned capes made from towels or sheets.

Each week, the Special Olympics of Massachusetts puts together a recap video of the plunges for that week. Greenfield was highly featured in a video that can be viewed at bit.ly/3wwHBPE.

For more information about the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, visit bit.ly/3mqzJL1.




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