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Lake Oswego Junior High participates in Oregon Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

Taking the plunge

Students and staff at Lake Oswego Junior High boldy plunged into the waters of the 39 degree Columbia River Saturday morning, Feb. 21, to fundraise for the Oregon Special Olympics.

"It was really a great event," said Kasie Hansen, pathways learning specialist at LOJ.

Special Olympics Oregon hosts an annual polar plunge to raise money for Special Olympic athletes. This was the second year LOJ attended, with Hansen at the helm.

Last year, LOJ raised the most money out of any team in the greater Portland area.

Numbers aren't final yet but Hansen said she's expecting that the LOJ team will raise a little over $3,000 this year.

"Most of us just reached out to family and friends," Hansen said.

Hansen said she will use $500 of her SASEE award money toward the cause.

The LOJ team was smaller this year,with eight in attendance. The team was comprised of students from her classes, Unified Sports students, Principal Kevin Mills and his family.

The event also included a number of vendors and a costume contest.

"I know everybody had a great time. It was a great team-building experience and for a great cause," Hansen said.

You can donate to Special Olympics Oregon Polar Plunge here:!/donation/checkout

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