Local Schools Answer Ice Bucket Challenge; Cincy Archdiocese Has Concerns

Posted On August 21, 2014

By Mike Perleberg


Teachers and staff at Aurora Elementary School met the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday. Photo provided.


Photo provided

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(Aurora, Ind.) – Area public schools are getting in on the chilling fun of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Aurora Elementary School staff completed the challenge Wednesday. They did it in memory of a former school staff member, Caroline McCarty, who was lost to ALS.

At Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School, about 26 teachers and staff will take on the challenge Friday afternoon at 2:00. Students at the Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate can buy tickets for $1 each to be able to dump ice on the teacher of their choice. Proceeds will go to the ALS Association.

“We expect this to be a huge fund raiser and lots of fun for the kids and the staff,” said S-DIS music teacher Jeannie Herman, calling the challenge a “good news” story.

Herman said school staff was challenged by “our totally awesome principal” Christina Vennemeier. She’ll also be among the staff which students can soak.

The challenge has gone viral on social media over the past week. Since July 29, the ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations since July 29. In the same period last year, the association raised just $1.9 million.

Meanwhile, some controversy has arisen in southwest Ohio over the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati issued a statement Wednesday stating that supporting ALS research is fine, but donations to the ALS Association are funding studies that use embryonic stem cells.

The use of such cells is considered abortion in the Catholic church. The archdioceses is urging its schools to instead send challenge donations to ALS research that meets its doctrine, namely to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.


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