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Half the money comes back to Oregon City School District to support Unified Sports Programs

Last month Oregon City School District sent three teams to the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge allows participants to raise money for Special Olympics Oregon athletes by taking a cold dip into the Columbia River at the height of winter.

PHOTO COURTESY: MICHAEL CLARK - Oregon City students raise money for Special Olympics Oregon athletes by taking a cold dip into the Columbia River at the height of winter.The money raised by the three teams helps to support the Oregon Special Olympics, as well as the district Unified Sports Programs, which were featured by this newspaper in a recent article highlighting how students with special needs get to play on teams with general education students and compete against other schools.

OC's three teams were the Polar Pioneers, OC Special Services and Sam Lary's Pioneer Unified Team. The Polar Plungers were not only responsible for raising over $6,000, but they also won first place in the costume contest. Half the money will come back to Oregon City School District to support Unified Sports Programs.

"It was great to see so many staff, students and families come together to support not only the Oregon Special Olympics but also our growing unified sports programs," said Pete Danner of OCSD special services. "The water was freezing, but the whole event was a blast, and in the end we raised more than $3,000 for our teams."

This was the first time that Oregon City participated in this fun and cold event, but the teams are already gearing up for making a bigger splash next year.

More information can be found at plungeoregon.com.

PHOTO COURTESY: MICHAEL CLARK - Oregon City Polar Plunge teammates Valerie Brown, Val Henry, Megan Wenzinger, Suzie Delgado, Sara Craig, Bela Paris and Ann Petroliunas celebrate raising $6,000.

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