On Sunday, February 4, St. Andrew's spirit was on display in Lewes, DE, as 32 St. Andreans took a deep breath and plunged into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean (air temp 47 degrees, water temp 37 degrees). These brave and hearty Saints joined 3,380 other "polar bears" to raise more than $875,000 for Special Olympics of Delaware. St. Andrew's students, faculty, and alums contributed nearly $2,500 to support the Special Olympics of Delaware. We deeply appreciate all of the supporters from the alumni body who helped to sponsor this effort.
Special thanks go to Alex Horgan '18 whose tireless efforts organizing this event were rewarded when more St. Andrew's students plunged this year than in the three years previous. As one student was heard to exclaim through chattering teeth as she walked off the beach, "I was freezing but it was worth it."
Community service leader Emily Paton '20 shared the following reflection on the event: "Walking in with 30 or so other St. Andreans, I am truly amazed when I see 3,000-plus other people on the beach, all of us ready to jump into the freezing cold ocean. This is my second year doing the Plunge, and both years I've been amazed by all of the support the event receives. So many people, getting together for a cause so good. Honestly it's just such a fun event. The Polar Bear Plunge raises money for an important local cause, and I love supporting the athletes, families, and organization. I would jump into an ocean many times over for Special Olympics, rain or shine, cold or even colder!"
Our youngest jumper was Will Tower, 10-year-old son of math teacher Jon Tower and history teacher Melinda, who said that even though he "couldn't feel his legs after coming out of the ocean," he was going to get all of his friends to do it next year.