On Dec. 1, Howard Elementary School Principal Skip Pighetti did what he does every year in the beginning of December -- participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Black Moshannon State Park to help benefit the YMCA of Centre County.
More than $30,000 was raised for the YMCA's anti-hunger initiatives including the Backpack Weekend Food program, which allows students from across Centre County to take home a backpack full of food for the weekend and return the bag to be refilled the following week. Food items in the sack, according to a report from the YMCA, include cereal, soup, tuna, spaghetti, crackers, fruit and more.
"It is an awesome program to help benefit so many children throughout many communities," Pighetti said. "This is a no-brainer and is a fun event."
He explained that about a quarter mile away from the Polar Bear Plunge site, people were ice fishing. The temperature of the water was about 31 degrees.
The YMCA works closely with local schools, including those in the Bald EAgle Area School District, to distribute information to families of students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Parents or guardians interested in enrolling their child in the program may complete a brief, confidential application and permission form. No child is turned away from this program and more information can be obtained by contacting the child’s school.
To watch the video of Pighetti taking the plunge, visit this link: https://www.facebook.com/52726...