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A day for crazy hats!

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The stu­dents at Christ the King Ele­ment­ary School in Mor­rell Park raised more than $1,500 for Spe­cial People In North­east Inc. dur­ing the school’s 11th an­nu­al Crazy Hat Day on Fri­day.

The event is or­gan­ized by Phyl­lis Hoff­man, who taught phys­ic­al edu­ca­tion at the school for 28 years. She is a SPIN trust­ee, and her daugh­ter Pamela is a cli­ent.

SPIN’s Megan For­re­s­tal-Stalk­er, Nat­alie Cross and Amy Crichlow vis­ited the school to speak to stu­dents and thank them for their ef­forts.

“Not only does this bring aware­ness, but it shows chil­dren the true mean­ing of com­munity,” said For­re­s­tal-Stalk­er, SPIN’s dir­ect­or of events and or­gan­iz­a­tion­al de­vel­op­ment.

Hoff­man ex­plained that the pro­ject used to co­in­cide with April Fools’ Day.

This year, the event fol­lowed SPIN’s first Pos­sib­il­it­ies in the Park 5K, which raised more than $40,000, thanks in part of primary spon­sor In­de­pend­ence Blue Cross.

Stu­dents pay $1 per chance to win 30 gifts in a raffle. The In­de­pend­ent Or­der of Odd Fel­lows Walk­er Lodge 306 sponsored the gifts.

Hoff­man said the money will go to a good cause, adding that stu­dents learn a valu­able les­son.

“This is their com­munity. They should be as char­it­able as pos­sible,” she said.

Fourth-graders marked Earth Day by cre­at­ing hats from re­cycled ma­ter­i­als and de­signed their own T-shirts.

All par­ti­cipants were al­lowed to dress down for Crazy Hat Day.

“This is something the kids look for­ward to. It’s a fun way to raise money,” said Sis­ter Trudy, prin­cip­al for the last 24 years.

Sis­ter Trudy said she will make ar­range­ments for sev­enth-graders to vis­it SPIN’s Nor­com Com­munity Cen­ter. ••

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