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Nixa Students Raise Money for Juvenile Diabetes Research

An unusual fundraiser this week in Nixa resulted in some pretty cold students and teachers but raised cash for juvenile diabetes research. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

With temperatures in the upper teens and wind chills even lower, swimming in an unheated pool is not an outdoor activity most people would choose to do.

But this morning, Nixa High School teachers and students did just that.


Around 35 students and teachers braved the cold and took turns jumping into a 3-foot-deep pool in front of the high school. But they didn't just decide to go for a polar swim. They planned this to help a good cause.

"We thought we'd do something for juvenile diabetes since we've had a couple of students affected by that here, so we thought it'd be a good opportunity to do it. And we've raised about $700 so far."

Jeff Buzbee is student council chairperson at Nixa High School. He says students who raised at least $30 were eligible to go for a swim.

Junior Amber Twigger raised $100 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"I did this because my sister has juvenile diabetes and I thought it would be a good chance to raise money for a cure."

Buzbee says, while the event was fun for the students, he hopes it will have a lasting impression.

"Since they're charities, that's the only way they have to make money, and so if you start them at a young age in high school and get them used to that whole scenario, then later on as adults they can become a much better part of society."

Well over 100 students paid $1 to watch the event, and that money will go the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, too.

For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.