On March 1, Ross School students, faculty, and staff participated in the annual Peconic Polar Plunge at Founders Beach in Southold in support of Maureen’s Haven, a local community organization providing shelter and compassionate services to the homeless on the East End of Long Island. Led by eighth grade cultural history teacher Mark Tompkins, the group charged into the icy bay dressed as pirates.
A warm sense of community helped the swimmers prepare for the plunge. “We often hear talk of the importance of giving back to the community, but the Ross students are always ready to take action to make a difference,” Mark said.
Back in February, Mark and his students set up a table outside the East Hampton post office to raise awareness and funds for the charity, and they handed over the check as part of the pre-plunge festivities.
One eighth grade pirate summed it up with a big smile: “It was so cold, but it was so worth it!”