The students and staff at Northview Elementary School in Howards Grove, Wisconsin have been involved in Red Nose Day since Principal Jason Cole brought it to the school in 2016. This year, they're excited to participate in the Joke-Ha-Thon to raise money to help end childhood poverty. Developed in partnership with NBC News Learn. To learn more about Red Nose Day: www.RedNoseDay.org
Schools in Action -- Sharing Laughs at Northview Elementary School’s Joke-Ha-Thon
JASCON COLE (Principal, Northview Elementary School): Our students are amazing. They have just an amazing heart. One of the things that I really try to press upon them is that they matter. And it's not only that they matter, but also the things that they do matter, and they can have an impact on other people's lives.
JONATHAN (Student): I'm excited about Red Nose Day because I want to help kids.
COLE: I started noticing Red Nose Day happening in the UK. When it came to the United States I got really, really excited about that. And I said, this is something that I would like to bring to my school.
BETH MILLER (Teacher): Red Nose Day has many positive effects on the students. They want to learn how they can help. It brings a wonderful aspect of positivity and empathy to the school that sometimes you otherwise wouldn't see. We do lessons on empathy and we show videos about what poverty looks like. Just because they might not see it right here in our classroom, they should still know that it exists out in the world.
ISABELLA (Student): Red Nose Day has made me notice how lucky I am. So it makes me want to donate money because some people aren't as lucky as me.
COLE: So this year, really excited about the Joke-Ha-Thon, where they can donate a dollar and share a joke.
JONATHAN: I'm so excited because I can't wait to tell all my jokes in front of everyone at lunch.
COLE: Who's ready to laugh?!
FEMALE STUDENT: What kind of cookie does martial arts?
FEMALE STUDENT: A ninja-bread cookie!
MALE STUDENT: What do you call if it's so cold your tears freeze?
MALE STUDENT: Eye-cicles.
CLASS (In unison): Twenty-five, 50, 75, $1.00. All for Red Nose Day, stand up and holler. Yay.
SARA DEMMON (Reading Specialist) Humor is really motivating to the children. They have been so excited all week to share their jokes. And they know that this joke is partly just for the fun of it. But they also know that it's raising money for childhood poverty. So they feel that they're doing something good by sharing their joke.
COLE: There's an excitement in the air when we talk about Red Nose Day because they understand the impact that they have.
CLAIRE (Student): I knew that I could make a difference, but Red Nose Day made me feel like I could make an even bigger difference.
CLASS: Red Nose Day!!
WHOLE SCHOOL: Red Nose Day!!