Polar Plunge to Benefit Kids in the Creek

Dec 25, 2013
Photo by: File photo NO TURNING BACK — People plunge into Lake Junaluska last year to raise money for the Haywood Waterways Association's Kids in the Creek program.

Haywood Waterways Association and Lake Junaluska Assembly are hosting the second Annual Polar Plunge benefit for Kids in the Creek and youth education.

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lake Junaluska beach. It features a “plunge” into Lake Junaluska followed by a bonfire and hot chili lunch. Costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and best costumes.

The cost is $25 with all proceeds benefiting Haywood Waterway's Kids in the Creek and youth education programs. All plungers receive a free t-shirt and everyone, plungers and spectators, get a free lunch. Kids in the Creek is Haywood Waterways' premier education event.

It is a hands-on learning experience about water, and includes opportunities for students to get in the river, flip over rocks and learn about the many creatures living in the Pigeon River. In the event’s 16 year history, Haywood Waterways has reached nearly 11,000 8th grade students.

It is consistently one of the more memorable experiences students have from their final year of middle school, and is an important tool for teachers. As one teacher said, “Kids in the Creek does more to increase students understanding of water and water quality than anything I could do in the classroom. It has been a valuable learning tool for many years and something the students and I look forward to every year.”

Information and registration packets are available at several locations. Register and donate online at www.crowdrise.com/2NDPOLARPLUNGE. Registration packets will soon be available to download at www.haywoodwaterways.org. Packets can also be requested from Haywood Waterways at 828-476-4667 and info@haywoodwaterways.org. The organization is also seeking Event Sponsors. Sponsorship packets are available by contacting Haywood Waterways at 828-476-4667 and info@haywoodwaterways.org.

Haywood Waterways is a nonprofit member-based organization dedicated to maintaining and improving surface water quality in Haywood County.