ORNL Director Mason took the challenge Wednesday
Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan and Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers are participating in an ice bucket challenge at Jefferson Middle School on Friday.
Members of the JMS cross country team will administer the ice buckets.
“You are no doubt aware of the social media-fed phenomenon sweeping the nation in the past couple of weeks: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” coach and JMS teacher Steve Reddick said. “As of today, the challenge has raised $41 million. Many of us have received challenges from friends and foes alike, and we’ve decided to stage a Mega-Ice Bucket Challenge at 4:15 p.m. after cross country practice tomorrow (Friday).”
Besides Beehan and Borchers, others who have accepted the challenge are Reddick, JMS Principal Phil Cox, and Oak Ridge Schools teachers Mike Haygood, Chris Layton, and Scott Linn.
“How can you participate? If you can’t wait around for the big event, but want to contribute, please bring a check made out to ‘The ALS Association’ and put it in my mailbox tomorrow,” Reddick said in an e-mail to JMS staff. “It’s that simple. Any amount will do. With a big staff and 53 kids on the team, we ought to be able to generate a sizable contribution to ALS.”
Layton and Cox have already done the challenge once and “issued challenges of their own the other night, so here we are,” Reddick said. “We’re doing this so you don’t have to. It will be a lot of fun! Come join us!”
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason took the ice bucket challenge on Wednesday. The lab sent two photos and also posted this video on YouTube: