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Thinking Caps: students celebrate Hat Day

Photos by Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Heart of the Lakes Elementary School third graders show off their new fleece hats.1 / 2
Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Left to right: Brooklyn Schlehr and Natalie Polipnick help Stephanie Bernstetter tie the top of her fleece hat shut. Anya Ziemer watches. Students also cut fringe on the hat tops and, with adult assistance, guided their hats through a sewing machine.2 / 2

Third and fourth graders at the school made the hats last week with help from volunteer Donna Geiser. This year marks Geiser's 20th year making fleece hats with schoolchildren, bringing the total hat count to more than 6,000. Geiser also visited the New York Mills Elementary School to make hats with second and fifth graders.