IKM-Manning principal dropping 'Over the Edge' for Special Olympics
September 5, 2013
IKM-Manning High School principal Brian Wall, wearing a blue sequin cape, pedals a three-wheeled bicycle through the halls at the high school Friday to collect money for the Iowa Special Olympics. Students were given the opportunity to drop change in a five-gallon bucket attached to the back of the bike as Wall cruised the hallways and into select classrooms just before the final bell of the day rang. The district has three student-athletes who compete in a variety of events sanctioned by the Special Olympics including a bowling tournament later this month in Council Bluffs. Wall’s pedal-powered tour originated from a challenge by custodian Lonnie Grau, which fit nicely with a plan by student Beth Hurley-Bruch to compete in the Special Olympics on that bicycle. The 8-minute ride raised $204.75.
For those who wish to donate, visit the IKM-Manning district website and follow the links on the high school principal's page, or visit http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/BrianWall/otedsm2013. Donations will be accepted up to a month after the Sept. 18 event.
On Sept. 18, IKM-Manning High School principal Brian Wall will be dropping "Over the Edge" - of a 345-foot-tall building in the financial center of Des Moines.
The action is part of an annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Iowa. Wall learned about the event last year when it was promoted on KCCI-TV, the Des Moines CBS affiliate, but he was too late to participate. This year he kicked off his fundraising campaign on Aug. 19 with 2 1/2 weeks to raise $1,000.
He met the goal in the first three days.
"This is a very good thing for him. It's going to bring him out of his shell," district superintendent Dr. Thomas Ward said with a grin.
"They're throwing me off a building, that's what they're doing," responded Wall, who has been with the IMK-Manning or Manning districts for a total of 25 years.
Wall drew his inspiration to get involved in the fundraising effort through the impact of the Special Olympics program that he witnessed within his own district. IKM-Manning special education teacher Beth Hagedorn is also a Special Olympics coach. Three high school students are active in the program, competing in events ranging from bowling to bicycling.
Last year, when weather prevented the students from participating in the spring track and field events in Council Bluffs, Hagedorn and the student council, of which she is also adviser, worked with educators in the Audubon school district to host a local track and field competition.
"Last year's event was a pretty good day at school," Wall said. "I think the kids not in Special Olympics got as much out of it as the kids who were did."
So far, Wall has raised $1,575 for the cause. He used the school's social-media sites to get the word out. The funds raised were generated from students, parents, teachers and community members from both within and beyond the district.
"I don't know what to make of it that people are so eager to see me go off the edge," Wall joked.
Admitting that he is "not entirely comfortable" with heights, Wall said that this would be his first rappelling experience. He will take his first step off the building between 10 and 11 a.m.
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