After a count of “1, 2, 3,” about 500 Severance Middle School students and staff poured cups of ice water over their heads as they took their own version of the ice bucket challenge Friday.
Eighth-grade student Jade Wagner came up with the idea for the whole school to do it, said Jay Tapia, Severance Middle School principal.
When she brought the idea of the whole school doing the challenge, he said “great.” However, he did not think he could get enough buckets for the whole school, so they decided to use cups.
The challenge calls for someone, or a group, to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Those who complete the challenge then nominate others for the challenge and make a donation to the ALS Association.
The challenge been spread far and wide through social media recently, and the school decided to join in with their own adaptation.
After Jade took the challenge herself, she came up with the idea to bring the whole school together for the challenge. “Everyone is doing it,” she said, and she “thought it would be really cool to see a whole school do it.”
Right before students and staff doused themselves, Jade challenged Windsor Middle School, Boltz Middle School and Bill Reed Middle School to participate in the challenge.
Getting her school to participate “feels really good,” Jade said. “I feel like a started something.”
“It was really, really fun,” said Brooklyn Biondolillo, Severance Middle School sixth-grader. Because of the cold weather, the water felt colder.
Now Brooklyn is excited to see if the other middle schools they challenged will participate, too. A lot of her friends go to Windsor Middle School and she hopes she will get to see a video of them taking the challenge, she said.
“It was fun,” Matthew Scoggin, Severance Middle School eighth-grader, said.
Students could donate whatever they wanted towards the ALS Association and, as of Friday afternoon, the school had raised $250, Tapia said.