It wasn’t a bad hair day, but an attempt at a world record that prompted an unusual scene at Armstrong Elementary School on Friday afternoon.
Students, parents, and faculty members donned more than 700 red-and-white striped “Cat in the Hat” hats, establishing a new record in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Sara Wilcox was on hand to witness and verify the milestone. The old record was 281 hats, set last year by a group of schoolchildren at an organized event in New York City.
Friday’s event was the brainchild of the Armstrong Dads Club as a way of capping off Dr. Seuss Reading Week at the school. The week included guest readers each day, including parent volunteers and members of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety.
On Monday, the festivities kicked off with appearances by former Dallas Stars standouts Joe Nieuwendyk, Marty Turco and Jason Arnott, who ate green eggs and ham with students in the cafeteria while signing autographs.