ALS bucket challenge unites community

Ice Cold: High school teachers and students gathered on Sept. 10 to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge. Principal Paul Waller nominated Ashley's Pasty Shop to spread awareness.

Ice Cold: High school teachers and students gathered on Sept. 10 to participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge. Principal Paul Waller nominated Ashley’s Pastry Shop to spread awareness. Photo courtesy of Debbie Smith

The high school has taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help spread awareness of the disease throughout the community.

The challenge gained popularity over the summer when ALS patient Pete Frates, a baseball player for Boston College, nominated his friends. It went viral all over America and throughout the community.

“It started with Mrs. Keyes, Mr. Weckstein, and I doing it together and then nominating the junior high,” English teacher Brianna Doyal said. “I think it’s so important to spread awareness of this disease and realize everyone is fighting a personal battle.”

Dan Weckstein then nominated junior high staff and classes, creating even more awareness for this disease throughout schools.

“Our staff did it together and then the classes started doing it,” Bridget Fiore, Social Studies teacher, said. “All the classes really bonded over it.”

After the junior high classes did it, the staff nominated the high school to spread the recognition.

“It was great to be nominated,” Principal Paul Waller said. “I think this is an important cause and one that I was happy to bring awareness to.”

Once the high school staff carried the challenge out, they decided to take a step further by nominating Ashley’s Pastry Shop.

“I chose Ashley’s because they partner with us on so many things and are a big support to the schools,” Waller said.

Ashley’s goal is to take spreading awareness to the next level by nominating small businesses outside of the community.

“We plan on nominating several other businesses that we partner with to spread awareness of the disease not only through Oakwood but through Dayton,” Theresa Hammons, owner of Ashley’s, said. “We do so much with the high school and everyone contributing to this one cause is a wonderful thing.”

By Sara Hagan

hagan.sara@oakwoodschools.org

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