Freezing for a cause
- Dexter McCarty administrators take Ice Bucket Challenge after students raised more than $600 for ALS research
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.
Im 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 Georges years as an educator and administrator in Grants Pass.
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 Associations Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter for ALS Research.
Donations continued to pour in Friday morning.
This was amazing! said Marian Roshdy, an eighth-grader.
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