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Pierre Teachers Drenched For A Cause

August 14, 2014, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Pierre Teachers Drenched For A Cause

With close to 20 buckets of ice water and enough teachers to match, staff members of Jefferson Elementary School in Pierre decided to end their workday drenched Thursday.

"We're elementary teachers. It's part of the gig; you have to be crazy," Paula Weeldreyer said.

They need to have a heart, too.

"I'm supporting a good friend and her mother in the cause for ALS," Fern Barnett said.

Jefferson Teacher Erin Lindner is raising money for the ALS Association to help support those with the disease and research. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it causes people to lose voluntary muscle control and movement.

"I just have a personal interest because of my mom who was diagnosed with ALS and we've gotten some good support from the ALS Association who is doing this challenge," Lindner said.

When people receive a challenge, they can donate to the association, dump ice water on their heads or both.

Lindner didn't know much about ALS before her mother's diagnosis. She's hopeful the ice bucket challenge, which is catching on nationally, will bring awareness to the disease.

"There're a lot of celebrities who have even started doing the ice bucket challenge so it's exciting to raise awareness and hopefully get some donations at the same time," Lindner said.

That awareness could spread through the Pierre area, at least to another elementary school.

"We challenge Buchanan," the teachers yelled as they poured ice water on themselves.

Prior to the ice bucket challenge, Lindner had raised more than $7,000 for the disease. She isn't sure what that'll climb to now.

According to the ALS Association website, the ice bucket challenge has already raised $4 million nationally.

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