Coosa High Ice Bucket Challenge
Coosa principal and seniors take the Ice Bucket Challenge
Posted on 08/21/2014
Principal Trevor Hubbard and the seniors at Coosa High School accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today in honor of a former Eagle, Freddie Giles, who has been diagnosed with ALS. Mr. Hubbard and the teens doused themselves with a bucket of ice water this afternoon to raise money for the debilitating disease.  Hubbard told the seniors, "Freddie graduated from Coosa High School about 1982 or '83 and all the money you have raised today will help him and his family."   

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is soaking the nation as celebrities and every day people are using social media and other outlets to take the challenge and exhort others to join them in seeking a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  The viral initiative has dramatically increased donations to the ALS Association.   Between July 29 and August 12, the association's 38 chapters received over $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million for the same time period last year.  

Mr. Hubbard and the Coosa seniors challenged the other high schools in Floyd County to take the challenge and raise money for ALS.  Hubbard said, "We challenge Dr. Burris and the seniors at Armuchee; Dr. White and the seniors at Model; and Mr. Ray and the seniors at Pepperell to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise more money than we did today for ALS."  The Coosa High challenge raised $300.   

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.  The current treatment only extends survival of those who contract the disease by two or three months.  

The Ice Bucket Challenge is not only raising money to fight the disease but is also increasing awareness.  The ALS Association has reported an increase of 70,000 new donors to the cause.  
Photo: Principal Trevor Hubbard is doused with ice water by CHS seniors