School Takes 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' To New Level

Students at DC West Elementary School got to skip class this afternoon to help raise awareness for ALS-- and you can guess how they did it.

The school planned a very unique "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" using the help of the Valley Fire Department. With the help of the fire hose, the school doused the children.

"I didn't think we were going to get dumped that much," said Abby, a second grader.

The event was all for a few of DC West's students' grandfather, Curt Mantz. Curt was diagnosed with ALS over seven years ago.

"You can't put into words the amount of strength and stuff that we get from the community supporting us like this," said Chelsea Dembinski, Curt's daughter.

The event on Friday was just the start of a weekend full of fundraisers. On Saturday, Werner Park is hosting the annual "Walk to Defeat ALS." The one-mile walk has already raised almost $170,000. This year, 61 teams will take on the walking challenge.

The walk will start at 10:30 a.m. and registration begins at 9.

Curt and his family will be walking for Captain Curt's Commando's. Their family alone has raised over $22,000 this year, up from about $12,000 in the past.


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