Forest City High School had a hat day to raise funds for Hamburg Elementary and Middle School in Hamburg, which is currently experiencing severe flooding.

On Thursday, March 28, at the beginning of the school day, students paid $1 to wear a hat during school. Around $100 has been collected between student free-will donations and students paying to wear hats.

Josh Sparrgrove, who used to teach at Hamburg Elementary and Middle School, said he had talked to student council adviser Anna Stene about asking the student council to do something to support the school after the flooding started.

“I believe that it is important to help this school, as many of the students lost their belongings,” he said. “They have also had to move the location of the school as the school building is being used as an emergency shelter.”

Sparrgrove said the city has also lost its water supply, so they are using bottled water and will be for at least a month until they get a new well drilled and treated.

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Stene said the school has hat days or pajama days when they need to raise money without a lot of planning or preparation.

“Mr. Sparrgrove asked what we could do for the community,” she said. “We have had hat days and pajama days in the past for fundraisers, and the student council is the group that always organizes them.”

The raised funds will be donated to the community relief effort, Sparrgrove said.

“I am very pleased with the output from the students and staff here at Forest City,” Sparrgrove said. “There were many students who donated even though they chose not to wear a hat today.”

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