At the Magic Hat your time is valuable and it enriches the education of Bell School Students!
WHAT IS THE MAGIC HAT? The Magic Hat is a registered non-profit thrift shop established as a continuous resource to raise funds that enhance the education of children in Marblehead Public Schools. The shop is run and staffed by volunteers and supported by donations. You can find the Magic Hat website here: http://magichatthriftshop.com/index.html
WHERE IS IT LOCATED? AND WHEN IS IT OPEN? Located in the basement, below the gym of the Veteran’s Middle School on Pleasant Street. Parking is available next to the Magic Hat, just follow the signs around to the back of the school. The Magic Hat is open Tuesday through Friday from 10-2 pm and Saturday from 9-1 pm.
HOW IS THE $$ DISBURSED? Every April and October, the 6 Marblehead Public Schools receive a percentage share of the Magic Hat’s net profit for that allocation period. In order to receive ANY of the money disbursed, each school MUST meet an established number of volunteer hours. If a school does not meet their hours, it will not receive a share of the profit for that period.
HOW MANY VOLUNTEER HOURS ARE REQUIRED? Bell School is required to fill 180 volunteer hours at the Magic Hat per allocation period.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Volunteer! Several of our most dedicated volunteers have moved on from Bell School and are now giving their hours to the middle schools. We need new faces!
If each Bell School Family can commit to 4-6 volunteer hours per calendar year, Bell School’s share of the funds can soar!
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? Anyone over the age of 5 can volunteer. This includes moms, dads, grandparents, friends, aunts and uncles! Children love to help at the Magic Hat! They do need to be able to focus and complete tasks. Volunteers age 5-16 must be chaperoned by an adult volunteer who must sign a waiver about safety and supervision.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO? When you show up at the Magic Hat, the first thing you will do is sign on the Bell page in the notebook in so we get credit for your time. On your first visit, you will have a chance to explore and familiarize yourself with the store. You will then be asked to help with tasks such as organizing the clothing racks, sorting through donations or hanging and tagging clothes.
WHEN CAN I VOLUNTEER? Most Importantly, during Bell School’s designated weeks (scheduled every 6 weeks,) but you can volunteer during other weeks too. With the exception of Saturdays, that are only available for the school whose week it is, you can just show up and help out. (Note: A sign-up link is emailed to Bell School families two weeks before. You can also sign-up on this page.)
WHEN ARE THE UPCOMING BELL SCHOOL WEEKS? Below are the dates of all our designated weeks during the school year 2016-2017. You can sign up to help just prior to each designated week using the sign up genius tool: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44acac2ba4fe3-magic
- September 13th thru 17th
- October 25th thru 29th
- December 6th thru 10th
- January 24th thru 28th
- March 14th thru 18th
- May 2nd thru 6th
- June 20th thru 24th
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DEDICATED MAGIC HAT VOLUNTEERS!
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT THE HAT!