Team Saline was the top donor at the annual Polar Plunge for Washtenaw County Special Olympics.
The Polar Plunge, held each winter at the University of Michigan Stadium, is the Washtenaw County Special Olympics’ biggest fundraiser. Polar plungers collect donations before diving into pools of water on a cold winter day. This year Washtenaw County Special Olympics challenged the county’s high schools to compete against each other to see who could raise the most money.
“Which ever high school could raise the most money for Special Olympics would get the traveling trophy,” said Jackie Flores, co-director for Washtenaw County Special Olympics
Team Saline raised more than $19,000.
“Of course Team Saline did the job,” Flores said. “We are so excited they were able to do it.”
Team Saline’s top fundraiser was Bill Rabe, who raised $3,340 for Washtenaw County Special Olympics.
Saline High School students Cali Harden and Cade Hine served on the Polar Plunge committee.
“They were awesome with us working on the polar plunge. They came to all our meetings, offered ideas, took it back to the school and engaged the student body to participate in the Polar Plunge,” Flores said. “We’re very proud of their efforts and everything they did.”
Flores said Washtenaw County Special Olympics is also proud of the Saline High School Connecting Program. More than 150 students complete special education coursework and then go into the district’s schools to work with students and adults with disabilities.
“We also want to thank Saline schools for everything they do for Special Olympics. They provide us with facilities and places to play games and tournaments. We are so thankful for what you do for us,” Flores said.