Four students including junior Kourtney Schmick participated in the annual polar plunge February 4, held at lake shawnee. The polar plunge is a fundraiser to raise money for the special olympics, and is well known locally.
“I have been involved in the special olympics since I was seven or eight years old,” Schmick said.
Schmick has been involved in Junior Civitan since freshman year and participates regularly. In the month of February, the club plans events such as the rose sales to also help raise money for various causes.
“The club is very community involved…it’s a rewarding experience,” Schmick said.
Schmick plans to participate in future fundraising events for Junior Civitan and better herself by helping others. After jumping in the freezing cold lake, one can imagine the chattering teeth and frosted hair. Schmick gives some insight on this year specifically and the feeling it invokes.
“Of the six years I have been doing it, this year was the worst, Schmick said. My chest was pounding and I couldn’t breathe, but worth it.”
After high school, Schmick sees herself participating in many volunteer organizations and possibly joining Civitan.