Reeds Spring Students Help with Hat Project

Sixth Graders Sophia Greenwalt (left) and Lydia Gasper show off their hats they chose to wear for the first “Helping Hat” Day in the Reeds Spring R-IV School District on September 10.

Students in the Reeds Spring R-IV School District are busy making a difference in their small community by participating in a youth fundraising effort called “Helping Hats”.  On the second Friday of each month, students and staff from K-12 school district are allowed to wear a hat of their choice during the school day in return for donating one dollar which is then given to a local charitable organization within the Reeds Spring community. 

The Helping Hats Project was the brainchild of Reeds Spring sixth-grader Sophia Greenwalt. 

“My mom and I were talking about ways we could help people in the community and we came up with the idea of students being able to wear silly hats”, Sophia explained.  Sophia’s mother, Nettie Greenwalt, is a secretary at Reeds Spring Elementary School. 

September 10th was the first Friday that students were allowed to participate in the Helping Hats Project.  Students collected over $350 on that day which was donated to the Chris Stabo Scholarship Fund for graduating Reeds Spring seniors. 

During the month of October, the Helping Hats Project garnered over $500, which was granted to the Branson Tri-Lakes Humane Society, and in November students raised funds to support the Shop with a Cop Christmas program.

A different organization will be chosen by the students each month to receive the Helping Hats funds which will be granted through the Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation. 

Congratulations to Sophia on creating this innovative fundraising program!