More than 60 St. Joseph High School students and faculty members braved the stormy weather, cold waters and low tide of Long Island Sound on Saturday, March 14, at Compo Beach in Westport for the annual penguin plunge to benefit the Connecticut Special Olympics.

The St. Joseph student team collected more than $15,000 for the cause. Nancy Dennin, moderator for the Special Olympic Club and chair of the math department at St. Joseph High School said, “I couldn’t be more proud of our students’ enthusiasm, dedication and spirit. They are an amazing bunch of people. I go home crying after this event, their compassion for the organization and our athletes never ends.”

The Connecticut Special Olympics is very dear to Dennin, as her son David, who is 39 and born with Down’s Syndrome has participated in the last 16 plunges and over time, raised close to $90,000 on his own for the Special Olympics.

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