With more than 20 teams from schools across the county, about 1,470 Anne Arundel County Public Schools students participated on Jan. 27 in the 2012 Cool Schools Challenge, part of the Special Olympics of Maryland’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. Students raised $146,464.88, more than half of the $288,224 contributed by more than 55 school-aged teams from across the state.
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 highly attended 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.
Arundel High School
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.
Severna Park Middle School
Severna Park Middle School made a strong showing, contributing the second highest amount statewide among all middle schools with $9,065.14 in contributions and a team of 42 supporters. Arundel Middle School brought in the third highest middle school total with nearly $8,900 in donations.
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, Severn River Middle School, and Southern High School. Some schools had more than one team.