Elementary challenges WLCSD

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
"We challenge the high school, middle school, ELC and school administration to take the ALS challenge," chanted around 20 elementary school teachers and faculty.

With that, gallons of ice water were poured over their heads. While students watching on one side yelled in excitement the teachers on the other side yelled in shock.

The ALS ice bucket challenge has dominated communities, businesses and social media the last month. The premise is simple, fill a bucket with ice water and dump it over your head.

The reason is to promote awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease."

Teachers from the West Liberty Elementary School are just the latest to be a part of the challenge, several community members have already taken the bold and cold plunge.

In fact, it's hard to find many celebrities and community members who haven't taken the challenge. The unofficial rules state that once you've been challenged to do it you have 24 hours to comply.

There's no penalty for those that don't comply, but, you know, that would be totally lame. Which is why the elementary school made its challenge to the rest of the WL Community School District clear.

According to the ALS association, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Those who suffer from it slowly lose function of parts of their body as the brain's ability to initiate muscle movement stops. More often than not it leads to paralysis and then death.

While the challenge itself doesn't actually raise any money, there are plenty of opportunities to donate towards the ALS Assocation, which is working on global research and providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters.

To learn more visit alsa.org, jp2mri.org or teamgleason.org; and if you're ready to take the challenge send your photos to the Index or share them with us in Facebook. Nothing like a face full of shock and water.
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