SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Superintendent Thomas Hagerman became the latest local official to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, as he led a group of students and faculty members in the charitable act last week in Scarsdale.
Hagerman, an Illinois administrator who was named as former Superintendent Michael McGill’s permanent successor in March , was challenged by his former district, in Winnetka, who voted to pass the challenge on “to our favorite school district on the East Coast.”
In response, more than two dozen Scarsdale students, faculty and administrators of all ages lined up on Dean Field on Friday to take the chilly plunge, one by one. When the group was fully soaked, Hagerman and High School Student Government President Amanda Schuster took turns tipping the buckets of ice water on one another, much to the delight of the crowd.
The first-year superintendent praised those in attendance for their school spirit and advised the crowd to donate to raise awareness for ALS research.
“We’re rising to the challenge and stepping it up by having lots of students and staff here,” he noted.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the nation by storm, as everyone from celebrities to cartoon characters have taken and passed along the “challenge,” which is designed to raise money and awareness of the neurological disease more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
The Scarsdale School District became the latest local organization to take the challenge. Last month, Tuckahoe, Eastchester and Bronxville police and fire departments took a special challenge, in honor of Yonkers ALS patient Patrick Quinn, a former basketball athlete.
Other ice bucket challenges include elected officials taking the plunge in Pelham , Greenburgh and Yonkers , while Quinn himself has been active in challenging others to raise awareness, including a challenge to the entire Woodlands Football team.
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