Students, ALS win when Shannock Valley principal takes Ice Bucket Challenge
Chucking a bucket of ice water over the principal's head won't land second-grader Edward Stubrick in any kind of trouble. Instead, the act won the Shannock Valley Elementary student applause from his classmates and approval from teachers.
“It felt good,” Stubrick said with a grin after drenching Principal Jennifer Reiter in the school's back parking lot on Thursday.
He won the honor because he had raised $110 – the top amount brought in by a student – during the school's three-day fundraising Ice Bucket Challenge event to benefit the ALS Association.
Students raised $1,224.38 as part of their contribution to the national bucket challenge that was started to fight the crippling disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — most commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Massachusetts resident Pete Frates and his family are credited with starting the challenge on July 29, according to the ALS Association website.
Since then it has become a viral sensation on social media, with participants posting videos of getting doused and issuing challenges to folks they know.
The idea is for people to act within 24 hours of being challenged or pay $100 to the ALS Association, although most give whatever they can whether or not they have taken a bucket of ice water over their head.
The ALS Association has received more than $94.3 million in donations since the Ice Bucket Challenge started.
Reiter and other teachers were nominated for the challenge by people they knew, which got Reiter thinking: “What better way to get the school together than for a good cause like this?”
“I offered myself up for sacrifice and asked the staff to join me,” she said.
Students seated on the grassy lawn applauded loudly when Reiter announced how much they had raised.
And they cheered when she issued a challenge to Dayton Elementary — where she is also principal — and to Lenape and West Hills elementary schools.
But those cheers were nothing compared with the loud, gleeful noise that erupted when their principal, sporting a pink and blue plastic snorkel and flippers, got drenched.
Stubrick was among 14 students who lined up to tip ice water over staff and faculty members.
Teachers gasped, laughed and hugged their half-pint assailants.
“They did an awesome job,” said the soaked and dripping principal.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.