GHS Interact Club plunges for a cause



With snowy sand and frozen water, how could anyone resist taking a swim this new year?

The Gloucester Rotary Club’s Polar Plunge began in 2011 by former president, Josh Arnold. This Saturday, February 3rd, they will hold their 7th annual Polar Plunge. GHS Interact Club and many others will join them to take a dive into the Atlantic.

All students within the club are finding ‘sponsors’ who will give them any amount of money to plunge or volunteer. The proceeds will go towards the End Polio Now Campaign, who is working to bring the Polio vaccine to the few countries left in Africa who still need it.

The event begins at 10:00 AM, where students will meet in the Good Harbor beach parking lot to take a shuttle to Long Beach. The actual plunge will kick off an hour later at 11:00 at Long Beach.

The event will end directly after the plunge at around 11:15. Students who plunged are able to dry off in a reserved room and take the shuttle back to Good Harbor to head home.

All are welcome to join and watch the fun.

The club will provide a snack shack, warm room with towels for the plungers, as well as many volunteers to help with all needs.

This years co-president Maria Kotob hopes to keep the Interact Club’s tradition to continue for years to come.

“I’ve been doing this plunge for 3 years now, and it’s one of my favorite to take part in for Interact,” said Kotob. “The tradition of it has become such an important part of the fight to end Polio that continuing it within the club each year is significant.”

Kotob continues, “That is why I push the members of the club to participate as well, and raise money even if they aren’t plunging. Many people don’t realize that there are still several third world countries that still deal with polio, so we need to work together to eradicate it completely.”