We’ve reached the point in the school year where we could all use a little more laughter. You can practically see your students’ minds wandering towards summer, and you can definitely feel their distracted energy. 

What if there was a way to channel their energy into making a difference for others, all while having a blast? 

That’s why we’re loving the Red Nose Day Joke-Ha-Thon,  a fun way for educators to build students’ empathy through the power of laughter, and help children who need it most.

Watch Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon explain a bit more about how you can host your own Joke-Ha-Thon! 

But what is Red Nose Day, anyway? 

Through Red Nose Day, people across the country have raised nearly $150 million to end child poverty. They’ve helped by wearing the Red Nose, making donations and using the power of laughter to bring people together. Money raised supports programs helping children in the United States, in all 50 states, and Puerto Rico. 

The Red Nose Day Joke-Ha-Thon helps build students’ empathy while (literally) joking around. Students get to tell and sell their best jokes in their classrooms, schools and communities. These jokes spread much-needed joy and raise life-changing cash for children in need. 

Check out these kids telling and selling their best jokes for Red Nose Day. 

When you sign up you will receive a lesson plan that will help you explore how comedy and creativity can make a difference. You’ll also receive kid-friendly jokes, decorations, and even celebrity joke-of-the-day videos for your class. We especially like that the lesson plan reinforces literacy skills while showing how students can turn humor into action. 

You can also explore Red Nose Day in School’s learning videos to show students how poverty impacts children in America and around the world, and how Red Nose Day helps. 

Need more inspiration? Take a look at how other teachers are using Red Nose Day in Schools to build empathy in the classroom. 

What are you waiting for? Make your students’ laughs matter! Get started on your own Red Nose Day Joke-Ha-Thon today. 

Red Nose Day is officially May 23, 2019, but teachers and students can access the Red Nose Day in School resources year-round.