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Alton staff taking the plunge on Saturday

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

STAFF from Alton Central School will be diving in the chilly waters at Hampton Beach on Saturday to take part in the fourth annual High School Plunge to benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
February 01, 2012
ALTON — Hundreds of people will be headed into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach for a good cause on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Twenty staff members from Alton Central School will be taking part in the fourth annual High School Plunge to benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH).

Communities throughout the Granite State help support SONH, which provides year-round sports training and competition to 3,576 participants.

Athletes gain physical and socials skills that carry over to school, home and work, and their self-image and pride are enhanced by their successes both on the field and off.

The High School Plunge is a collaborative fundraising event where 15 percent of the funds raised by the plungers will be returned to their school or a school organization approved by each school's principal.

Last year, with the help of the staff at Prospect Mountain High School, the town of Alton (Division III) raised the most money of all 34 schools that participated.

Currently, there are 42 teams and Alton again has raised the most funds, with a current total of $5,800 as of press time on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

A simple donation can be made online at www.firstsgiving.com/fundraiser/ACSswashbucklers/4th-annual-high-school-plunge/team, or a check can be sent payable to SONH.

For more information on the fundraising event, contact Derek Pappaceno directly at dpappaceno@alton.k12.nh.us.

The teachers are looking forward to participating in Saturday's event and then returning for the deliberative session at PMHS.

The ACS Swashbucklers would like to thank the staff and students of ACS, the community, Hannaford's, Sam's Club and Target for their support in the fundraising effort.

Coverage of the event, including pictures, will be featured in next week's edition of The Baysider.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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