Severna Park High School (SPHS) students are preparing to take a plunge into the icy cold water of the Chesapeake Bay for the annual Maryland State Police (MSP) Polar Bear Plunge.
However, participating SPHS students will be asked to raise more than the required minimum.
“Students are required by us to raise a minimum of $100 to participate in the actual plunge,” said SPHS teacher Teri Ann Stahl. “This is greater than the $50 minimum that the organizers have set.”
According to Stahl, the school has set a “lofty” goal of 250 plungers. As of Wednesday, they only had 123 registered so far, and have raised nearly $8,000.
Traditionally, SPHS students plunge on Frigid Friday, which occurs the Friday before the actual plunge. However, this year’s Cool Schools Challenge coincided with exams for Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).
“Unfortunately this year the Frigid Friday plunge falls during AACPS finals week so it can't be an approved field trip,” Stahl said. “But the organizers have come through. They are holding a special plunge on Feb. 1 for AACPS schools, elementary, middle and high.”
This is the second year the SPHS team, The Arctic Parkies, have participated in the event.
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