ALS Ice Bucket Challenge met by area school leaders

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge met by area school leaders

The Ice Bucket Challenge is making a profound difference in increasing awareness of and encouraging donations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Since the challenge began in July, the Association has received more than $114 million in donations. Area schools did their part to help fight the disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Hendricks Day School
Head of School Linda Johnson, Ed. D., along with 10 faculty and staff members accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of the 220 students, faculty and staff of Hendricks Day School.

Dr. Johnson was challenged by music teacher Chelsea Weise. “It’s brave to challenge your boss” said Weise. “However, Dr. Johnson is a great sport and immediately accepted the challenge.”

The faculty and staff who had not yet participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge dumped water one by one in a continuous wave.

“Each month, our faculty and staff collect and distribute funds to a special charity. In September, we gave to ALS,” said Dr. Johnson. “We believe in teaching our students to give back to the community. The best way to instill values is to model them.”

San Jose Catholic
San Jose Catholic Principal Brian Wheeler accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Research, issued by fifth grade student Cal Leonard. “I was pleased to bring awareness to ALS by participating in the ice bucket challenge. I hope you will join me in donating to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute. Cal Leonard showed leadership and creativity in challenging me, therefore bringing awareness to this worthy cause,” said Wheeler. “I was very happy that he did it,” said Cal. “He’s the best principal because he is friendly and willing to help raise money for an important cause.”

The Bolles School
More than 50 students and 30 faculty and staff at The Bolles School helped raise nearly $800 for ALS and joined in on the ice bucket enthusiasm during the first week of school.

However, awareness and fundraising for ALS did not start at Bolles with The Ice Bucket Challenge.  For more than six years, the student-run Bolles ALS Club has been active in its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

Many Bolles students, faculty and families have personally experienced the devastation caused by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, creating a very personal connection to the club and its activities within the Bolles community.

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