Administrative team takes the plunge: ALS ice bucket challenge


Students douse Mr. Maclin with ice water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Video by Hannah Fuller

Hannah Fuller

Celebrities have done it, sports teams have done it, and now U. City administrators and teachers have done it. The task: the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

Pete Frates, 29, of Beverly, MA., along with his family, started this huge phenomenon. Frates has been living with ALS since 2012. As of Aug. 24, the ALS association has raised over 70 million dollars from the ice bucket challenge.

The challenge works like this: first someone is nominated. Then that person has 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice water on their head or donate money to the ALS association. They nominate three to four more people and upload their video to some social media like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #ALSicebucketchallenge and tag friends who they nominate.

According to, ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Soon muscle movement is lost and the victim can become completely paralyzed. There is one drug that can extend their life for two to three months but in the end ALS always wins; this disease is 100 percent fatal.

To support this deadly disease, on Aug. 25, after school on the football field, a crowd of students and teachers gathered to watch Mr. Maclin, Superintendent Pruitt, Assistant Superintendent Ward, Assistant Superintendent- Human Resources Dr. Cobb, and Chemistry teacher Mr. Brooks take the challenge.

Superintendent Pruitt became the first superintendent in the area to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

“I think that it’s a good cause,” she said. “You know, in the spirit of U. City pride, I accept.”

Pruitt, who challenged the other superintendents in the area, is waiting to see if they will accept the challenge.

Mr. Maclin however, did not take it as well as Pruitt. He took off running halfway across the football field.

“It was cold,” he said. “You think its really not that cold. But it was for a very great cause.”