From diving into freezing waters to collecting care packages for U.S. soldiers, Ross students have been working hard to raise money for local organizations that assist those in need. On an early Sunday morning in March, the eighth grade and their teachers participated in the annual Peconic Polar Plunge, which benefits Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program. Maureen’s Haven provides shelter, support, and services to homeless adults on the East End. Dressed as pirates, the students and teachers braved the frigid bay waters and raised $7,000 doing so.
Meanwhile, Karin Schroeder and students from the service learning club recently organized a Dress Down Day and care package drive for U.S. troops. The effort raised about $600 for Jordan’s Initiative’s Care Package Drive. Jordan’s Initiative is an organization dedicated to the memory of Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, who was born and raised in Sag Harbor and killed in the line of duty in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2008. The care package drive continues through April 21. Donations of various personal and individually wrapped nonperishable food items can be left in the marked box outside the Ross Café in the Center for Well-Being.