Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge Timeline




Time                                                 Team


8:30-10:00 am                                 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, 8-4

                                                          65 students


10:00-11:30 am                               7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4

                                                          78 students


11:30-12:00 pm                               LUNCH BREAK



12:00-2:00 pm                                 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

                                                          128 students


2:00 pm                                            Ostmann Elementary

                                                          49 students


**The order and times are approximate.  Please be flexible and ready to jump when your team is called.

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Take the Plunge!
In 2018 students and staff at Ft. Zumwalt West Middle School took on the challenge of being the first Middle School in Missouri to host our own Polar Plunge to support over 7,400 Special Olympics athletes in
the St. Louis area. Our goal was to raise $20,000 and we blew that out of the icy cold water, raising over $28,000

Aim high in 2019!
WMS is raising the bar in 2019 with a goal of $50,000 to support St. Louis area Special Olympic athletes! 



Who: The Polar Plunge is open to all WMS students and staff

What: WMS Annual Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics Missouri

When: Thursday, December 19, 2019 Where: Ft. Zumwalt West Middle School track (there will be a pool!)

Why: All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s mission to provide year-round sports and training opportunities, health screenings, and ongoing education for individuals with intellectual disabilities in the St. Louis area.

How: Raise a minimum of $50 and take the Plunge. All participants who raise a minimum of $50 will receive a 2019 WMS Plunge t-shirt and be eligible to take the Plunge. Take your fundraising to new heights to earn more Polar Plunge goodies.

register at http://give.somo.org/goto/WMS Be sure to click “JOIN TEAM” to join the Wildcats team.
For questions please contact Mr. Conderman, Mrs. Deb Daniel or Mr. McQuerrey



To participate in the WMS Polar Bear Plunge:

You must complete the online registration by Tuesday, November 26th
Fundraise at least $50 before Tuesday, December 3rd
Return a signed minor waiver to the main office by December 3rd 


 Most often the best way to fundraise is by using the on-line donation page that you will
set up during the registration process.

This is a fast and easy way to reach out to friends and family using social media in order to request donations.

Cash and checks are also acceptable.
make checks payable to: SOMO or Special Olympics Missouri

*Please Note: cash and checks can only be turned in on: 
 Tuesday, October 22nd -
Tuesday, December 3rd -
Thursday, December 19th (Plunge day)
Special Olympics Missouri staff will be at WMS on these dates to collect cash or check donations.

July 31: online registration opens http://give.somo.org/goto/WMS
Oct. 22: first money turn-in
Nov. 26: online registration closes
Dec. 3: second money turn-in, minimum of $50
 Dec. 19: Plunge Day!


What to Wear / Bring:

-wear a swimming suit or shorts and shoes (required).  Sandals and flip flops are NOT recommended. 

-a complete change of clothing (including shoes) for afterward


-DO NOT wear your glasses…

-The locker rooms will be available as a changing area before and after your plunge but my recommendation for arriving prepared is to wear the clothing you plan to wear into the water under the clothing you plan to change into after the plunge.  This will make your pre plunge preparation go much smoother.

-Ms. McGillycuddy will be our official photographer so be looking for her and be ready to smile.

-After plunging, students will go immediately inside through the small gym in order to change.