Wacky Wednesday

Hat Day Fun !

National Hat Day is an unofficial holiday which falls annually on January 15th. It celebrates one of the oldest human accessories.

What does wearing a hat symbolize?The hat represents authority and power. Because it covers the head, the hat contains thought; therefore, if it is changed, an opinion is changed. The covered head shows nobility, and different hats signify different orders within the social heirarchy. Removal of a hat upon entry into a building shows respect.

Why wear a hat ?

Hats keep the sun away.They protect your head, hair, eyes, neck and fact from harmful UV sun rays. Even with proper SPF protect, prolonged exposure can result in painful, red, sun-burned skin. Additionally, protecting your skin from sun damage is the first step in preventing skin cancer.

Hat Etiquette for Men and Women:

Men:

Hats can be left on…

  • Outdoors
  • At athletic events (indoors or out)
  • On public transportation
  • In public buildings such as post offices, airports,  and hotel or office lobbies
  • On elevators

Take hats off, including baseball caps …

  • In someone’s home
  • At mealtimes, at the table
  • While being introduced, indoors or out (unless it’s frigid!)
  • In a house of worship, unless a hat or head covering is required
  • Indoors at work, especially in an office (unless required for the job)
  • In public buildings such as a school, library, courthouse, or town hall
  • In restaurants and coffee shops
  • At a movie or any indoor performance
  • When the national anthem is played
  • When the flag of the United States passes by, as in a parade

Women:

Fashion hats (not baseball-style caps) can be left on…

  • In someone’s home
  • At luncheons, weddings, garden parties
  • At religious services
  • At a movie or any indoor performance
  • When the national anthem is played
  • When the flag of the United States passes by, as in a parade

Take your fashion hat off…

  • Anytime it blocks someone’s view, such as at a wedding or in a theater
  • Indoors at work

Remove baseball-style (unisex) caps…

  • In someone’s home
  • At mealtimes, at the table
  • While being introduced
  • In a house of worship, unless a hat or head covering is required
  • Indoors at work, unless required for the job
  • In public buildings such as a school, library, courthouse, or town hall
  • In restaurants and coffee shops
  • At a movie or any indoor performance
  • When the national anthem is played
  • When the flag of the United States passes by, as in a parade

he Crazy Hats Day Fundraiser is an entertaining way to raise money within your school.

How to Organize
Choose a day in which, for a fee, students and staff can wear their wackiest hat to school.

When they enter the school, participants must first go to a check-in table, where they pay their fee (i.e. one or two dollars) and get their hand stamped. The hand stamps let teachers know the fee has been paid. The check-in table also lets the judges see every hat.

At the end of the day, the judging panel announces the winners of the contest. More than one winner could be selected, if you use categories such as most creative, largest, or best home-made hat.

Winners receive a prize or a printed award (see the reproducible pdf version of this article – the link is at the bottom of this page). Announce the winner at an assembly or over the loudspeaker.

Option
Rather than have a registration table, home room teachers could collect the fees, stamp hands and make their nominations for best hats – this is often a more efficient method.

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