McKenna Johnson, Staff Writer – The Lecanto High School [LHS] branch of Interact held a hat day March 24 to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life that was held April 7 at Citrus High School [CHS].
Students were allowed on this day to wear whatever headgear they desired (within reason), so long as they contributed a dollar to the fundraiser.
Math teacher and Interact club facility adviser, Dan Carella, is confident in the significance of the hat day event.
“This is the first [hat day] that Interact has done, and Interact has gone to Relay for Life for the past six years now, so they’re just very involved in Relay for Life [and] raising money for the American Cancer Society,” said Carella.
Senior and captain of the Relay for Life team, AJ Patel, made quite an effort to ensure the event would run smoothly.
“All the money’s going to support cancer research and treatments. I’m just trying to make my contribution,” said Patel.
Students were excited to support the cause and wear their favorite hats to school.
“It’s a dollar, plus it’s fundraising so why not?” said junior Domiana Rohrig.
Some students had distinct memories of hats that stood out to them from previous hat days in their middle and elementary schools.
“There was this guy and he took pantyhose and he put balloons with helium inside [them, then] tied the leg parts and put that on his head so he had two giant horns. It was the funniest thing ever,” said Rohrig.
Senior Sam Royle recalled an interesting hat that caught her eye.
“This kid’s name in middle school was Hunter Corn and he wore a corn hat on hat day,” said Royle.
With so many supportive students, the hat day was an easy success.
Carella pointed out the improvements in raising money for Relay for Life this year.
“In the past they’ve been more focused on having fun, and this year it seems like they’ve realized that making money for they American Cancer Society is the real goal. They raised about 80 dollars today,” said Carella.