Take the plunge to benefit Kids in the Creek

Jan 14, 2014

Take a deep breath and take the plunge into Lake Junaluska on Feb. 1 to benefit the Haywood Waterways Association's Kids in the Creek and youth education programs.

The second annual Polar Plunge event is 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. 

“There was a good buzz in the community after the great success we had with the first Polar Plunge. Folks are already stepping up to support this great cause for kids," said Eric Romaniszyn, Haywood Waterways’ executive director.

Several local dignitaries have committed to taking the plunge, including Waynesville Chief of Police Bill Hollingsed, Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Oneail, Alison Melnikova, formerly of Waynesville but now Laurel Park’s town manager, and State Representative Joe Sam Queen.

Businesses are supporting the cause, too. The Mountaineer Newspaper, Smoky Mountain News, Duke Energy, and Balsam Spa at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort have all donated to this worthwhile event.

The cost is $25 or free by raising sponsorships. All proceeds benefit 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. 

Donate or become a Pplunger by "Joining the Team" at www.crowdrise.com/2NDPOLARPLUNGE.  Registration & Information Packets can also be requested from Haywood Waterways at 828-476-4667 andinfo@haywoodwaterways.org.

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 eighth-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.”

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.