PMSA Principal, Staff Members Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
October 9, 2014 03:00 PM
On the morning of Thursday, August 28, Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, received a challenge that she said that she could not turn down.
The challenge: Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge, which went viral on social media including Facebook during the summer, involves the dumping of a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). It also encourages participants to make donations to research.
Dr. Karvelas said that she decided to take the challenge that day after school, partially based on challenges from Khushi Suri, a PMSA senior, as well as her son’s girlfriend. She also said that a close friend of her family has ALS.
"I think it gives a message of support to those who have ALS," Dr. Karvelas said of taking the challenge.
At the time of the challenge, Dr. Karvelas told the gathered students about her family friend, and invited four other PMSA staff members to take the challenge with her: Mr. William Breisch, assistant principal at PMSA; Ms. Patricia Howard, chair of the PMSA social studies department; Mr. Brody Farries, a PMSA security guard; and Mr. Nick Zambole, a receiving clerk at PMSA. On the count of three, students dumped the buckets of ice water on the five staff members.
Khushi Suri said that she got the idea of challenging Dr. Karvelas from a friend that she had met at the Bezos Conference over the summer.
"His entire school did it as a fundraiser," she said. "I thought it would help. It was an exercise to get everyone pumped up."
To see the video of Dr. Karvelas and others taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, please click here
Photos by Ms. Karen O’Shea, secretary to the Superintendent. Video by Mr. Brandon Gale, building security supervisor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and Rafael Guzman, a PMSA senior.