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March, 2014

Cold day, warm hearts

Students enjoy helping at Special Olympics fundraiser
Students who volunteered at Polar Plunge

Students who volunteered at this year’s Polar Plunge and raised money for the Special Olympics take a moment to pose with Rudy

Gateway students found themselves warmed by community spirit while volunteering at the recent Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics. Six Business Professionals of America students helped out at the event, held at the Brat Stop in Kenosha, while two others braved icy water for the cause.

Special Olympics is the national charity of BPA, explained Mark Short, acting BPA president.

“Our chapter attempts to assist the local regional office of Special Olympics Wisconsin as much as possible with volunteering at their fundraising and sports events,” Short said.

Student Kelly Kendra, Elkhorn BPA chapter president, said the volunteer experience was memorable as plunge participants took turns taking a dip in a pool full of icy water on a cold February day.

“I saw teams dress up as pirates, hockey teams, a penguin … ” Kendra said. “It was a huge success.”

Gateway students helped with a variety of tasks, including registration, directing participants to the changing rooms and pool and with the post-party activities.

“It was … special to be able to be part of a volunteering community from not just my BPA chapter, but also the community of Gateway Technical College,” Short said. “I felt very proud to represent my school at this event.”

For more information about BPA and its opportunities, contact Mark Short at

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