Friday, January 29, 2010

Teenagers Dip into Atlantic for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

A daring group of Wells High School students plunged into the Atlantic on Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day, to raise money for the sophomore and senior classes and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center in Portland. When the pledges were totaled, the students had raised $1,300, $500 of which for the BBCH.
The group had initially wanted to dip into the ocean at Wells Beach at noon, but powerful storm waves at high tide prevented them from doing so. One of the parents, Paul Littlefield, generously used his truck to plow out a portion of the parking lot at the end of Atlantic Avenue so the group could access the ocean at the adjacent beach area near one of the jetties.
According to Senior Class Co-advisor Kristin Taylor, about 20 students (half seniors and half sophomores) ran in, got wet from head to toe and ran back to dry land to towel off. “They braved it and went in,” said Taylor proudly of the group. “(It was a) grand old time; it was fun.” Taylor is an educational technician in the library at WHS.
Students warmed up at a gas grill and were treated to doughnuts from Congdon’s and coffee from Dunkin Donuts in Wells.
About 40 individuals showed up to witness the plunge. Some of those included Senior Class Co-advisor John Bailey and Brian Pagel, who is a Sophomore Class Co-Advisor. Senior Class President Evan Beals, Senior Treasurer Samantha Paquette, Senior Secretary Shelley Duplisea, Sophomore officers Whitney Lallas and Bee Theerathampitak were part of those to get soaked in the ocean.
Photo caption: Coming out of the water is David Littlefield on January 18th in Wells. (Courtesy photo)