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Local High Schoolers Take the Plunge and Raise $7,500 for Special Olympics Minnesota

The first ever “Cool School Plunge” took place Friday at Foster Arend Park, with 85 students earning some major bragging rights!

The water may have been chilly, but temps were pretty mild for an event such as this (30 degrees at time of jump) as both Zumbrota-Mazeppa and LeRoy-Ostrander high school students took the chance to get a little crazy for a great cause.

With ZM making the jump first, you could tell both they and the crowd were excited for them to go jump in a lake! Several students bonded together to form groups, like the basketball and football teams, and dressed up in uniforms before they took their leaps of faith.


Up next, the Cardinals from LeRoy-Ostrander waited for the cameras to start rolling before they took the plunge at noon, as they were featured on live TV!

You could tell everyone had a blast, and several even said afterwards that they would definitely consider doing it all over again next year! Plus the fact they raised $7,500 is enough to warm anyone’s heart after jumping into a frozen lake!

Remember, there’s still time to plunge yourself!

Too chicken to plunge? You can still be a part of the event! Instead of jumping in, you’ll throw a plastic chicken in the water. (It’s hilarious.)

No matter how you contribute, you’ll be helping more than 8,200 Special Olympic athletes. Just register at They’re accepting plungers until 1:30 Saturday!

Again, thank you to all the students who participated in this years Cool School Plunge! Can’t wait to see the turnout again next year!

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