A fun & engaging way to host a Not Perfect Hat Club Day in 4 easy steps
Hosting a Not Perfect Hat Club Day usually begins with discussions with fellow teachers and administrators. You’ll want as many folks to be as excited about it as you are! The Not Perfect Hat Club is all about honoring how each child is special and acknowledging the fact that we all bring unique abilities, perspectives and ways of learning to the process of education. By creating and wearing Not Perfect Hats we are acknowledging and celebrating our differences and creating a place where every kid can hang a hat. Funds raised during the Not Perfect Hat Club Day are donated to The Not Perfect Hat Club crowdfunding campaign, which is raising money to complete the Not Perfect Hat Club book and create teaching materials to share with other classrooms around the world via the Global Classroom Project.
What is a Not Perfect Hat Day?
A single day during the school week is designated as Not Perfect Hat Club Day. On that day, students who pay $1.00 can wear their Not Perfect Hats to school. Most Not Perfect Hat Days are initiated by a single class or a group. The day combines simple fundraising with fun activities. Each student pays $1.00 to be allowed to wear a Not Perfect Hat to School. In exchange, he/she receives a Not Perfect Hat Club sticker (see instructions for how to get stickers below) and is entered into any drawings or competitions. For example, some classes have contests for the most colorful, creative and outrageous hats. Local sponsors can sometimes be encouraged to donate prizes for drawings as well.
Step 1 - Pick a Day
Choose a day that kids can pay $1.00 to wear a Not Perfect Hat to school.
Step II – Announce
Get the word out to teachers, students and parents about what the Not Perfect Hat Club is and why we’re raising money. See sample poster and a letter/flyer below.
Step III – Promote This could be as simple as including a reminder during morning announcements, but here are some additional ideas other schools have used:
- Run an article in your school or district newsletter about the Not Perfect Hat Club Day. CritterKin’s PR team will be happy to provide copy and/or work with you on this.
- Post to social media like Facebook and Twitter (see attached “Dare to Wear” SM art and “NPHC – Facebook Profile” artwork)
- Encourage teachers to do a short 30-minute lesson on what it means to be Not Perfect, which includes a fun drawing exercise (see Not Perfect Hat Club-Lesson1 Word doc below).
- Create a Not Perfect Hat Club bulletin board and encourage teachers to post hats, photos and stories their students have created illustrating the Not Perfect Hat Club message (ie no one is perfect and every kid is special in his/her way).
- Plan to have a “Hat Contest” on the Not Perfect Hat Club Day with prizes for the most creative, most colorful, most unusual hats, etc.
Step IV - Document and Celebrate CritterKin would love to celebrate this event and its message with and for you and your school. If you send us photos, scans of drawings, links to blogs and tag us in posts, we will happily spread the word.
If your school or district has community outreach or media person we work with you to get media coverage of the event.
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Right click image and select “save image as” to download a copy to your computer.