They took the plunge on a cold day for a great cause. Huntington High School National Honor Society members helped raise more than $2,100 for the Special Olympics at last weekend’s Polar Plunge at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport.
Huntington’s Linda Costello-Roth, who has coached Blue Devil Special Olympians for many years, enlisted the help of the high school scholars. Mrs. Costello-Roth, who is retiring at the end of next June after serving on the district’s faculty for several decades, raised $1,880 herself.
Yes, the water was cold. Huntington’s contingent joined dozens of town residents who were equally motivated to take the plunge and help raise needed monies that will be used to provide a full program of activities for participants in the Special Olympics program.
National Honor Society Treasurer Henry Vohs along with fellow members Ryan Porzio, Maddy Bavaro and Sydney Cordeiro all took the plunge into the Long Island Sound’s cold waters.
“The plunge went great,” Ms. Bavaro said. “Although it was a bit rainy, there was a good crowd of people who showed up. Everyone there was excited to plunge and it went very smoothly. I’m very happy that I participated in this event for a great cause.”
National Honor Society President Emily Geller and Vice President Ainsley Proctor along with fellow member Alyson Baker were also on hand along with several other members to help participants register and to provide encouragement and congratulations.
Teachers Patricia Avelli and Tara Rossy serve as the organization’s faculty advisors.