2012-03-23 / Community

Plunge raises money for Project Graduation

By Kristy Wagner Staff Writer


South Portland High School students and parents dive into the ocean to raise money for Project Graduation. The Polar Dip was the second annual frozen plunge fundraiser for Project Graduation. The dip raised just over $500 for the event. (Kristy Wagner photo) South Portland High School students and parents dive into the ocean to raise money for Project Graduation. The Polar Dip was the second annual frozen plunge fundraiser for Project Graduation. The dip raised just over $500 for the event. (Kristy Wagner photo) South Portland High School parents and students put on their bathing suits and braved the chilly morning air and freezing ocean water on March 17 to raise money for Project Graduation, a substance-free celebration at a specific location held after graduation. Each year students choose a different fun spot to hold the event.

This was the second polar dip fundraiser for Project Graduation, said Jennifer Major, the teacher liaison to the parents who organize fundraisers for the event.

“Last year we did it on New Year’s and this year we chose Saint Patrick’s Day,” Major said. “The kids wanted to do it later in the year because it would be a little warmer.”


South Portland High School parents and students towel off and warm up after taking a frigid plunge into the Atlantic Ocean at Spring Point. (Kristy Wagner photo) South Portland High School parents and students towel off and warm up after taking a frigid plunge into the Atlantic Ocean at Spring Point. (Kristy Wagner photo) Last year the Polar Dip raised more than $600 for Project Graduation. Major said this year’s total was just more than $500.

Panera Bread provided breakfast pastries for the 9 a.m. dip and some of the brave swimmers wore green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Robin Legere’s daughter is a senior at South Portland High School.

“(Major) is the planner, I am the collector of money,” Legere said. “I’m going in.”

Legere participated in the fundraiser even though her daughter, Jill, did not jump in the frozen Atlantic with her.

The dip was one of the final fundraisers for Project Graduation. Major said parents and students would be selling bottled water at the Memorial Day Parade and, on April 23, Willows Pizza will donate a percentage of its evening sales to the graduation event.

Staff Writer Kristy Wagner can be reached at 282- 4337, ext. 219.

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