Students from Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) raised $146,465 for the 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics Maryland.
The water wasn't so bad this year, with temperatures in the 50s on Friday and Saturday.
More than $2 million was raised in this year's plunge overall. Of that amount, $288,224 came from schools across the state. The money raised by AACPS students made up more than half of that amount.
students raised the most with $40,600; students raised $33,800; and raised the second-most among all middle schools in the state with $8,900.
Other schools that participated included , , , , , , , , , , , ,, and Southern High School.
The amount raised this year beats last year's record of $109,000, but fell short of their goal of $250,000. Maybe next year!
The full press release follows:
With more than 20 teams from schools across the county, about 1,470 Anne Arundel County Public Schools students participated on Friday, January 27, in the 2012 Cool Schools Challenge, part of the Special Olympics of Maryland’s annual Polar Bear Plunge.
Raising $146,464.88, more than half of the $288,224 contributed by more than 55 school-aged teams from across the state, Anne Arundel County Public Schools once again showed its compassion for a worthy cause. For the third straight year, county students have supported the effort to raise funds and awareness to support the Special Olympics.
As a precursor to the highlyattended Polar Bear Plunge, young people from around the state trekked to Sandy Point State Park for the schools-only event known as Frigid Friday, where young plungers take a chilly splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
With more than $40,600 in donations, Arundel High School’s contingency of 469 plungers led the pack for the second year in a row. Among all participating high schools, Arundel raised the most money, with South River High School’s group of 301 team members coming in second statewide with more than $33,800 raised. Arundel Middle School also made a strong showing, contributing the second highest amount statewide among all middle schools with nearly $8,900 in contributions and a team of 66 supporters.
Other county schools that participated were: Annapolis High School, Broadneck High School, Chesapeake Bay Middle School, Chesapeake High School, Corkran Middle School, Glen Burnie High School, Magothy River Middle School, North County High School, Northeast High School, Old Mill High School, Severna Park High School, Severna Park Middle School, Severn River Middle School, and Southern High School.
Some schools had more than one team.