Special Olympics New York presented the “Cool School Challenge” trophy to the district and its 2023 Polar Bear Plunge team at the Board of Education’s Jan. 18 meeting.
This is the second year that Special Olympics New York has held a “Cool School Challenge” as part of its Polar Bear Plunge fundraising efforts. The school district which raises the highest amount of money has its name engraved onto the trophy, is awarded its yearlong safekeeping and has the honor of keeping it on display until the 2024 Polar Bear Challenge and “Cool School Challenge” takes place later this year.
Teresa Gilli, Special Olympics New York/Hudson Valley region director of development, presented the trophy to team members Shannon Cahill, Shawn Cahill, Jeff Finton, Diana Lucas, Jessica McKinstrie, Anthony Monaco and Anthony Pascarelli, which honors them for raising $1,400 to benefit Special Olympics New York. This is the largest amount raised by a participating school district.
The trophy will be on display in the Central Office for the next year.