LTHS staff and students gather for a photo prior to the Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan on Feb. 1 (Photo courtesy of Lyons Township High School)

Lyons Township High School students and staff took an icy plunge and raised the most money of any group participating in the 2015 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics of Illinois, which supports athletes with intellectual disabilities, on Feb. 21.

LT’s group raised $11,300.25, with Special Education Paraeducator Mark Yena and Special Education teachers Brian Wolf and Abby Shapland raising more than $1,000 each. Teachers Dave Root, Jeremy Vrtis and Katie Meyers, along with Director of Curriculum and Instruction Scott Eggerding, and dozens of students took the plunge in Lake Michigan. 

Donations help provide athletes with intellectual disabilities the chance to participate in year-round sports training and competition. LT had the largest group in attendance, and for the third year in a row, LTHS was awarded the “Cool School Challenge Golden Bear Award” for being the high school with the most funds raised.