The opportunity was too good to pass up for Alaysha Matronia.

The opportunity was too good to pass up for Alaysha Matronia.

Take a large bucket of ice and dump it over the head of superintendent Chris DiLoreto – and do it all for a good cause.

Matronia and her fellow Jackson High School cheerleaders joined in as DiLoreto joined the growing number of people  participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge, designed to raise both awareness and funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the ALS Association, has spread quickly across social media.

Celebrities such as LeBron James and Derek Jeter have taken part in the challenge and posted videos of their efforts online.

For Matronia, it was a fun chance to do something unusual.

“It was really cool,” Matronia said. “It’s not something you get to do every day, so it was pretty exciting and it was for a good cause, so I was excited to do it.”

DiLoreto took his seat at the table and officially accepted the challenge. Matronia poured the icy water over his head, eliciting a shout from the superintendent and applause from the crowd. Once the shock of the ice bath wore off, DiLoreto turned his attention to the second half of the challenge.

He extended the challenge to school board president Tom Winkhart, Jackson High School president Monica Myers, Jackson Middle School principal Paul Salvino and Jackson Youth Football leader Chad Bailey.

“They’ve always been very supportive of Jackson Local Schools and charitable organizations,” DiLoreto said of those he challenged.

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