by Lisa Tome
Although her hair was dripping wet, North East Elementary School principal Lisa Lowe didn't miss an opportunity to educate children.
On Wednesday, August 27, Lowe, assistant principal Becky Miller, and Cecil County Public Schools Instructional Coordinator Kyle Rickansrud completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in front of a group of fifth graders. After the soaking was complete, Lowe took time out to talk to the students about the disease and the importance of giving back to the community. "The ice bucket challenge is fun, but what's important is to help the charity," Lowe explained.
Student Rayven Dempsey said she has completed the challenge three times. Lowe said that the school staffers donated and completed the challenge.
North East Elementary got involved in the challenge after they were challenged by staffers at Rising Sun Elementary to complete the task.(See RSES photos HERE.)
RSES principal Cindy Fitzpatrick was also Lowe's first grade teacher. Lowe, Miller, and Rickansrud challenged the staff at Thomson Estates Elementary and the fifth grade teachers from NEES. Those teachers - Tahiya Cooper, Candace Manley, and Amy Tocyloski also got soaked by students.
Lowe is new to NEES this year. She said that doing the challenge gives students the chance to get to know her. "I want them to know I am willing to do fun things to support a good cause," said Lowe. "We want kids to learn to pay it forward. We want this to keep rolling through the county." Miller said she is accustomed to doing things to encourage students to learn. In previous years, she has been taped to a wall and taken a pie in the face for student incentives.