Penguin Plunge 2019

Photos by Al Frey
Rahn Fleming stands and embraces the icy waters of Lake Champlain in dramatic fashion Saturday at the annual Penguin Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Vermont.

Over 120 Champlain Valley Union High School students took the plunge on Saturday in Lake Champlain. It was 15 degrees at the Burlington waterfront on the cold February morning.

The high school team raised over $34,000 for the Special Olympics. Hinesburg Community School sent 26 people who raised over $8,000 for the charity. The Champlain Valley district raised over $59,000 total.

CVU math teacher Peter Booth started the school-wide collaboration for the Penguin Plunge in 2012 with the goal of raising $15,000. He promised he would shave his head if students participated in the event.

The school instead raised $27,000 for that 2012 plunge. In the seven years since CVU has consistently been one of the highest fundraising groups for the Penguin Plunge.

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