Rob Siebert, a Mount Pulaski Grade School teacher and leader of the
Pulaski Plungers, says he has about 20 people who are ready to take
the plunge. Most of those are students who range in ages from fifth
grade through junior high, with a few high school kids involved as
well. Siebert is still trying to persuade a few teachers to join
Saturday's activities also. This is the first time for all the
members of the newly formed group to do the plunge.
this is something he's always wanted to do but missed out on because
he did not know when it was.
"A flier was put in the school office and I asked Mr. Newton
about heading it up," Siebert said. "We do have a few children and
young adults from our community who have benefited from the Special
Olympics, such as Nate Fanning."
When the MPGS students were approached about the Polar Plunge one
morning before school, they were all very excited about the chance
to do something.
"Our kids love to help out," Siebert continued. "They see a need
and they want to make a difference."
Making a difference to the tune of over $1,300 is just what they
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However, Siebert feels that due to his recent surgery he did not
have the opportunity to do fundraising like he wanted to.
"So far our fundraising was just done individually," he said. "I
wanted to promote it during our high school and junior high games,
but that unfortunately didn't happen. I already know what I would
like to do different next year."
Siebert added: "We are obviously hoping to continue doing this
and building our numbers each year."
In the meantime, the Pulaski Plungers look forward to wearing
blue T-shirts and carrying plungers as they travel to Lincoln on
Saturday for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.
[By TEENA LOWERY]