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Education

LT raises most money at Lake Michigan Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Lyons Township High School students and staff participate in the 2018 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics of Illinois.
Lyons Township High School students and staff participate in the 2018 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics of Illinois.

LA GRANGE – For the sixth consecutive year, Lyons Township High School students and staff took an icy plunge into the waters of Lake Michigan and raised the most money of any group participating in the 2018 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics of Illinois, which supports athletes with intellectual disabilities.

LT’s group swept the awards and raised $23,295 with the help of teachers and students, according to a school news release. LT won the following awards:

• Golden Plunger Team – the team that raised the most money overall

• Cool School Challenge – the school that raised the most money

• Best Costume Team – best team costume

• Golden Plunger Individual – Dave Root with the most money raised at $6,976.

LT has raised a total of $76,436 over six years in the Polar Plunge, plus an additional $4,700 in its annual Plane Pull, for a grand total of $81,136 for Special Olympics of Illinois, the release stated.

In addition to braving the frigid waters of Lake Michigan and raising money for the cause, LT’s Polar Plunge Team organizers special education teacher Brian Wolf and aviation teacher and team captain Root also agreed to have their heads shaved by the top student fundraisers.

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