PHOTOS: Harrison Elementary staff jump in the lake for the Terry Fox Run

Harrison Hot Springs Elementary staff members (left to right) La Vern Klassen, Helen Evans, Wendy Weaver, Margot Lawrence, Sasquatch (not of HHSE, to be clear), and Principal Tammy Nazarchuk pose shortly before flinging themselves into Harrison Lake on Friday, October 2. Nazarchuk said she would take the plunge if students raised $1,000 for the Terry Fox Run. Fellow staff joined her when they raised $2,200. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Egged on by students and honouring their end of the bargain to benefit the Terry Fox Run, HHSE staff members jump into a very cold Harrison Lake. Students and parents alike raised more than $2,200. See more photos and the story on Page A9 and check out a video clip on our Facebook page at (Adam Louis/Observer)
HHSE staff swim for shore after jumping into Harrison Lake. Sasquatch was soon to follow them with a stylish dive off the pier. (Adam Louis/Observer)
A very wet Sasquatch looks to shore after following HHSE staff members into Harrison Lake, much to the amuse of the students on the shore. (Adam Louis/Observer)
HHSE staff dry off as they emerge from Harrison Lake, making good on a bet with students as they raised more than $2,200 for the Terry Fox Run. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Let the record show Harrison Hot Springs Elementary Tammy Nazarchuk made good on her bet: if the school could rase $1,000 for the Terry Fox Run, she would jump into Harrison Lake.

However, parents and students at HHSE did them one better – they raised more than $2,200.

The day before the jump, donations stood at a respectable $1,600, but the final push meant that four additional staff members would join Nazarchuk in taking the rather cold plunge, plus their special guest Sasquatch. The other divers were La Vern Klassen, Wendy Weaver, Helen Evans and Margot Lawrence.

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Little did the audience know until it was too late that the staff packed away water guns, which they quickly unloaded to the delight and shock of the students.

And as the staff dried themselves off and the excitement died down, the Sasquatch shook out its hair and plodded off into the distance.

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