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-  Dexter McCarty administrators take Ice Bucket Challenge after students raised more than $600 for ALS research

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - From left to right, Student Management Specialist Brian Hills, Assistant Principal Amy Nimz and McCarty Middle School Principal John George react as a front loader filled with ice water is poured while participating in an ice bucket challenge at McCarty Middle School Friday morning. Rachael George, a principal at Sandy Elementary School, and the wife of John George, challenged the administrators.

Three Dexter McCarty administrators stood under a bright orange tractor hoe Friday morning, awaiting a refreshing jolt of ice water.

Hundreds of middle school students clapped and cheered, watching the trio get doused in freezing water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

“I’m proud of the students and staff who raised what amounts to about $1 per student for this debilitating disease,” said Principal John George, one of three soaked administrators. “Give yourselves a big hand!”

George said he had lost his friend Dane Boersma, one of the Dutch Bros. Coffee founders, to the disease in 2009. The two knew each other during George’s years as an educator and administrator in Grants Pass.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Dexter McCarty sixth-grade students Sindy Lopez-Cruz,, 11, left, and Danny Gonzalez, 11, watch with delight as the school principal and other administrators have ice water dumped on them during an ice bucket challenge Friday morning.

“This is the least I could do for Dane,” said George, who was joined by Assistant Principal Amy Nimz and Student Management Specialist Brian Hills.

The three administrators challenged fellow Gresham-Barlow School District administrators including John Koch of Gresham High, Bruce Schmidt of Barlow High and David Atherton of Clear Creek Middle School.

Dexter McCarty raised more than $600 for the ALS Association’s Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter for ALS Research.

Donations continued to pour in Friday morning.

“This was amazing!” said Marian Roshdy, an eighth-grader.

Photo Credit: OUTLOOK PHOTO: TROY WAYRYNEN - Terry Taylor, left, director for Gresham Barlow School District facilities, and ground maintenance employee Max Seifert pour ice into a front loader filled with water in preparation for an ice bucket challenge at Dexter McCarty Middle School Friday morning.

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