Webster City residents are getting chilly for charity.
Several community members recently participated in the ice bucket challenge, having ice-water dumped on them to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Teachers and students gathered after school on Thursday as Webster City Middle School Principal Becky Hacker-Kluver and Webster City Middle School Assistant Principal Kelli Reis took up the challenge. Watchers applauded and laughed as two staff members dumped water on them. Hacker-Kluver, who lost a brother to the disease, said the challenge serves an important purpose.
Kelli Reis, left, and Becky Hacker-Kluver, take the ice bucket challenge on Thursday at Webster City Middle School.
Josh Lovelace, center, dumps ice water on Troy Banning, left, and Jim Krajewski, right, in front of The Daily Freeman-Journal office on Thursday.
"That is a cold splash for sure, but we know if this can help find a cure for ALS, we're all for it," Hacker-Kluver said.
Reis and Hacker-Kluver, along with Webster City High School Associate Principal Jason Halverson, will do the challenge again today at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Webster City High School sign on the west side of the building.
Earlier in the day, staff members of The Daily Freeman-Journal also got a chance to cool off. Sports Editor Troy Banning and General Reporter Jim Krajewski both took the challenge outside of the DF-J office. Video of the challenge can be found on The Daily Freeman-Journal's website.
Both Banning and Krajewski are donating to the ALS Association. Several DF-J staff members have joined them in donating. Krajewski said the public is encouraged to help the office raise money. A donation jar will be in place in the front office until today at 5 p.m.
"It's a really worthy cause. If you happen to be near the office today, please consider stopping by and donating a few dollars," Krajewski said.