Superintendent takes polar plunge [UPDATED]Published 7:46am Monday, April 15, 2013 Updated 9:50am Monday, April 15, 2013
Friday was a chilly day for Underwood superintendent Dr. Jeremiah Olson, and not just because of the spring snow storm. Olson took a polar plunge in Bass Lake as a result of the district’s K-6 students logging 2,200 hours of reading in February.
As part of the school’s “I Love to Read Month,” students set collective goals and were given a choice of rewards for their success. In years past, the choices have included limo rides and staff members kissing pigs. Underwood faculty said the choices bring an exciting element to the challenge for the students.
Seven buses took 320 students to witness the event, all chanting “Take the plunge!” as the superintendent waited on the ice. Local fishermen helped cut through the 30 inches that covered the lake.
Olson jumped into the water a total of three times before wrapping up in a towel and running for his warm vehicle on shore.