GECKO boasts eight jumpers for this year’s Penguin Plunge

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Photos courtesy Stewart Bellina Angette Pastuszek, a GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) scholarship recipient, thanks high school teacher Connie O’Donnell for her plunge to raise money for GECKO at the 2014 Penguin Plunge. This weekend’s Plunge will again raise money for a variety of nonprofits.
Photos courtesy Stewart Bellina
Angette Pastuszek, a GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) scholarship recipient, thanks high school teacher Connie O’Donnell for her plunge to raise money for GECKO at the 2014 Penguin Plunge. This weekend’s Plunge will again raise money for a variety of nonprofits.

By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The PREVIEW

Last year, Angette Pastuszek stood on the banks of the San Juan River during WinterFest’s Penguin Plunge and watched while six brave souls jumped into the frigid water to raise money for GECKO’s (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) outdoor scholarship to Alaska.

Pastuszek was the lucky recipient of this program and spent 30 days of her 2014 summer hiking in the remote wilderness in Alaska on a NOLS course (National Outdoor Leadership School), learning survival and leadership skills she will use for life.

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