August 18, 2014

Althoff kicks off 50th birthday celebration; faculty accepts ice bucket challenge

For the last 50 years, Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville has been educating students from throughout the metro-east. The school kicked off its 50th celebration Monday -- the first day of school -- with a pep rally.

Althoff's nearly 400 students gathered in the gymnasium and were treated to performances by the cheerleaders and pom-pom squad as well as a fashion show of uniforms through the years.

The pep rally was emceed by Courtney Landrum of Y98's Phillips and Company morning show. Landrum attended Althoff in the 1980s.

"I never in a million years thought the principal would ever hand me a microphone," Landrum said following Principal Dave Harris' opening remarks. "It's pretty awesome being here."

Current students modeled school uniforms through the years including one from 1972, a pom-pom squad uniform from the late 1970s and a physical education uniform from 1970, which appeared to be a one-piece blue jumper.

Landrum then invited current Althoff staff members and volunteers to stand behind the student modeling the uniform they once wore.

After the pep rally, Althoff students descended to the cafeteria for a birthday cupcake and a free pair of Althoff sunglasses.

Then students headed to the school's quad outside for the best part of the afternoon -- Althoff faculty were challenged to participate in the "ALS ice bucket challenge."

The fundraising challenge asks individuals to dump buckets of ice water on their heads in an effort to raise money and awareness for the ALS Association, which fights Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Nearly 30 Althoff faculty and staff members accepted the challenge Monday, and a student volunteer dumped containers of ice water over their heads.

Althoff faculty members who participated in the challenge were asked to donate $10 and those that didn't were asked to give $100.

Harris was the first participant, but before the dumping began, he challenged faculty and administrators at Belleville West and East high schools and Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo to the ice bucket challenge.

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