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A Balmy Day for a Dip in Lake Champlain

Would you take a midwinter jump in Lake Champlain for a good cause?

Members of the Colchester School District community plunged into Lake Champlain on February 2 in support of Special Olympics Vermont
Members of the Colchester School District community plunged into Lake Champlain on February 2 in support of Special Olympics Vermont

In a show of tremendous community spirit, students and faculty from Colchester Middle School and Colchester High School participated in the February 2 Burlington Penguin Plunge. The event supports Special Olympics Vermont, which provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to compete in Olympic-style athletic events.

Will Ward, JP Olson, and Grant Cummings at the Burlington Penguin Plunge
Will Ward, JP Olson, and Grant Cummings at the Burlington Penguin Plunge

The CSD participants actively recruited brave teammates to help raise nearly $4,000 for this charitable organization!

Penguin Plungers Aimee deLaricheliere, Josh Gervais, Tucker Jean, Ben Cross, Karl Raacke, Jordan Isham, Jessie Allen, Elise Bouffard, Deanna Bessy, Alyse Winchester, Gabriela Zimbron, Tanner Ducharme, Brett Nelson, Kiley Baillargeon, and Kristina Chapman
Penguin Plungers Aimee deLaricheliere, Josh Gervais, Tucker Jean, Ben Cross, Karl Raacke, Jordan Isham, Jessie Allen, Elise Bouffard, Deanna Bessy, Alyse Winchester, Gabriela Zimbron, Tanner Ducharme, Brett Nelson, Kiley Baillargeon, and Kristina Chapman

CHS Humanities teacher Aimee deLaricheliere led members of the National Honor Society, the CHS football team, and other members of the Colchester School District community, including CMS’s Principal Dawn Gruss.

CMS's Courtney Phelps, Colchester Police Department's Corporal Fontaine, and CMS Principal Dawn at the Penguin Plunge
CMS’s Courtney Phelps, Colchester Police Department’s Corporal Fontaine, and CMS Principal Dawn at the Penguin Plunge

Our schools work proactively to cultivate positive climates both inside and outside of the classroom (please click here to view a fun video of the October 18 CHS faculty flash mob). Working hard to create and foster community spirit has important, far-reaching implications for students and citizens alike.

Great job to everyone who participated—in the water, as members of the unofficial cheering committee, and as financial supporters!

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