It’s been a cultural phenomenon – famous coaches, business tycoons and rock stars have joined college students, middle-aged moms and neighborhood friends in taking the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge, which has spread like wildfire on social media sites and reportedly raised more than $88 million since the end of July for the ALS Association.
Teachers and staff at Los Altos Christian School took it up a notch recently, when, meeting the challenge from Parent-Teacher Fellowship President Jennifer Walker, a team of 16 teachers and staff sat on lunch benches, in front of nearly 200 elementary and middle-school students, awaiting their ceremonial ice-water bath.
Students laughed in delight as fifth-grade teacher Lizette Hibbert came out sporting her husband’s wetsuit. She added a bathing cap and goggles before the plunge. PE teacher Brad Burman, known for his campus antics, appeared in dress clothes, tie and all.
LACS Preschool Director Jessica Kang explained to students that ALS is a degenerative disease that affects the muscles.
“We’re a Christian school and we love Jesus and want to offer a message of hope,” Kang said. “Jesus loves those who are hurting, and our job is to shine light.”
Principal Susan Goff proffered the Ice Bucket Challenge from LACS to the staffs of three local churches: Bridges Community, Westgate and The Highway Community.
“You are on,” she said.
Then, with the countdown of “3-2-1,” buckets were dumped as teachers squealed and jumped up, laughing and dripping.
“That was 10 times easier than crickets,” said Goff, who participated in a chocolate-covered-cricket-eating contest as a celebration for students’ successful fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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