Taking the plunge

Taking the plunge

Jessica Sewing | design chief

Hundreds of people will plunge into frigid water this Saturday for the 6th Annual Polar Bear Plunge.
Last year’s plunge included Frontenac Fire and Rescue, the PSU nursing department and an array of other groups; all together 155 dove feet first into the water to raise money for the Special Olympics.
“I’ve volunteered for other Special Olympic charities before; this one beats them all,” said Elle Walker, sophomore in communication. “I think it shows Pitt State students in a good light when they come out and support events like these.”IMG_5512-2
The atmosphere of the event is also what draws a number of people, not to mention the costumes.
Plungers wear a range of costumes or themed outfits. At last year’s plunge, people were seen wearing homemade duck costumes, Dr. Seuss’s Thing 1 and Thing 2, and one man was dressed as Pamela Anderson from her Baywatch days.
“The best part was seeing everyone in their crazy costumes,” said Kersee Currier, sophomore in communication. “It was pretty fun to watch everyone having their own thing going on.”
Six years ago local police officer Chris Moore and John Lair brought the Polar Bear Plunge to Pittsburg; now it is one of nine locations in Kansas that hosts the event. Lair says that the students play a big part with the charity.
“We’re surprised every year with the number of Pitt State students who come out each year for this,” Moore said. “We had a record turnout last year, and we expect more students to come out this year.”
To take the plunge, each participant has to raise at least $75; last year more than $30,000 was donated to the Special Olympics from the event.
On Saturday, plungers will also be up for other awards such as: Best Plunge, Wimpiest Plunge, and Best Costume.

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