Deputy Elementary School students douse their teachers with cold water as part of the school’s participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday. Students who contributed to the school’s donation were able to put their names in a drawing for a chance at having the honor of pouring the water.  (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Deputy Elementary School students douse their teachers with cold water as part of the school’s participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday. Students who contributed to the school’s donation were able to put their names in a drawing for a chance at having the honor of pouring the water. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Deputy Elementary School students raised more than $500 this week to donate to the ALS Association and for a chance to dump a bucket of icy cold water onto a teacher.

Deputy Elementary Principal Janet McCreary said she was personally dared to take the Ice Bucket Challenge - a viral video that shows people donating money to ALS research or having water dumped on them - and challenged her staff to do the same after she completed the challenge.

McCreary told students on Monday that if they raised at least $200 to donate, she would take the challenge again.

The students responded by bringing in $522, more than double the required amount.

"We had two students bring in $40 each one day," McCreary said.

Students were given a ticket for every quarter they donated. If their ticket was drawn from a hat, they were given the opportunity to dump water on a staff member Friday afternoon.

Third-grade teacher Kim Mahoney said after the challenge was issued, several teachers showed their classes videos from the ALS Association so students could understand how the disease affects people.

"They really responded to it," Mahoney said. "I don't think they really understood what it was until we showed them the video and why people were making these (Ice Bucket Challenge) videos."

So, it was worth getting a bucket of chilling water dumped on her, she said.

McCreary issued a challenge Friday to the other Madison Consolidated elementary schools to take the challenge.