Turning blue for charity

Some people will do crazy things for a good cause.

That’s the case as Warren County School District Superintendent Brandon Hufnagel, several members of his administrative team, as well as board member Donna Zariczny, prepare for a chilly dip into Chapman Lake today as part of the Polar Plunge.

One of the highlights of Warren County Winterfest, which will go on regardless of the weather this weekend at Chapman State Park, is the Polar Plunge, the school district personnel agreed to take the plunge if at least $3,000 was raised for the district’s needy student lunch fund.

Hufnagel informed the board on Monday night that, to date, $3,027 has been raised with some more pledges on their way.

“I’m excited about that,” Hufnagel said. “We have a pre-paid lunch account that we put these dollars in. When a (student’s) lunch bill gets to where they can’t eat lunch anymore,” the money is used to pay for a student’s lunch.

Hufnagel explained that it gives the student’s parents another chance to pay their bill.

“I don’t like it when kids can’t eat,” Hufnagel said, explaining that when students are hungry they are less likely to be able to learn and be successful in school. “Sometimes it is the best meal they do get,” he added.

In addition to Hufnagel and Zariczny, central office administrators Gary Weber, Matt Jones, Mike Kiehl and Amy Stewart have committed to the plunge. Youngsville Elementary Middle School Principal Eric Minesweaser, Reading Supervisor Leslie Collopy and IT Coordinator Brian Collopy will plunge as well.

“Luckily it’s going to be 40 degrees so it might not be so cold,” Hufnagel said.