“Please take off your hat,” is the request from teachers for 180 days of the school year when a student wears a hat indoors. But for one day, on Oct. 12, students at Scotland Elementary School were asked to put on their hats and wear them throughout the day to support a good cause, the Heavenly Hat Foundation.
Students paraded into school that morning wearing hats of all kinds. Some wore silly hats, like a Goofy hat complete with ears and buckteeth, many wore ball caps, and some wore hats from other nations. As they exited their buses, they put their donations, of any amount, in buckets to support the foundation.
The Heavenly Hat Foundation is an organization that gives hats to patients who lose their hair as a part of their medical treatment for cancer. A 10-year-old boy started the organization in 2001 when his grandmother lost her hair from treatment for breast cancer. The hats provide warmth and comfort, but more importantly, the gift if a new hat serves as a symbol of hope and courage for the recipient.
The students at Scotland raised $1,595 for the foundation, and had a great time doing it! For more information about the Heavenly Hat Foundation, see their web site at www.heavenlyhats.com.