Monday, February 14, 2022

To Benefit Special Olympics of NY Athletes:
Batavia City School District Hosts 
Polar Plunge, Raises a Cool $10,000

Batavia students, staff and first responders did their part to raise money for the Special Olympics of New York, taking the Polar Plunge Friday afternoon.

“Today, it’s a little balmy for you,” Special Olympics Senior Director of Development Kelley Ligozio said told the assembled crowd outside John Kennedy Intermediate School, noting it was expected to be colder the next day.

“I just want to say, really fast, a couple of things,” Ligozio said before the Polar Plunge got underway. “First of all, thank you. A year ago, this school — this district — came to me and said, ‘We want to inspire our teachers and motivate our community to do good.’ And wow, did you do good! This tradition is continuing and we can’t thank you enough. Each one of you is a game-changer. You’re making a difference and creating a community of inclusion and that’s all we can ask of you.”

Ligozio said the Polar Plunge, in general, is expected to raise over $250,000, as the John Kennedy staff and first responders dressed in costumes applauded.

The group then walked to the “Plunge area,” the grass in front of the school, where participants were soaked for at least the next 30 seconds.

The Batavia City School District team is still taking donations from the community to support the event. Donations may be made HERE  and will directly impact Special Olympics of New York athletes. The team, led by district staff members Eric and Krista Knapp, met its $10,000 donation goal. John Kennedy hosted the Polar Plunge in conjunction with the 2022 Rochester Polar Plunge, which took place Feb. 6. Batavia’s event was to take place Feb. 4, but was rescheduled for Friday due to the forecast for Feb. 4.

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