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‘Socktober’ warms hearts and feet of local students

Nov 02, 2017
Photo by: Karyn Spory Students from Harlan Elementary and Mt. Pleasant High School celebrated Socktober last month as they collected new pairs of socks for those in need. In total, students collected over 4,000 socks. Back row: Caleb Kunz, fourth-grade; Darren Dwight, fifth-grade; Ella Ensminger, fourth-grade; Delaney Fitzgibbon; second-grade; Brianna Wibstad, second-grade; and Gabriela Perez, junior. Front row: Aiden Sayabath, fifth-grade; and Emma Gantz, fifth-grade.

By Karyn Spory, Mt. Pleasant News

 

As the temperature continues to drop, Harlan Elementary fifth-grader Darren Dwight and his fellow classmates are happy to know their efforts are keeping others warm, specifically their toes.

Last month was deemed Socktober at the elementary school as students collected new pairs of socks during the past four weeks for those in need.

“I’m happy because now more people are going to have warm feet,” said Dwight.

Socktober made its way to Harlan Elementary last year when fourth-grade teacher Ashley Hoyer challenged her students to bring in as many pairs of socks as possible. The collected socks would be distributed to the Fellowship Cup for those in need.

This year, not only did the entire elementary school get involved, students at the high school collected socks as well.

Last year, Tyler Rodgers served as the interim principal at Harlan. When he returned to the high school as the internship and school-to-work coordinator, he wanted to bring something from the elementary school with him. “I thought we might as well get the high school involved in this,” he said. “It got a lot bigger than I first expected.”

At first, Rodgers just got his advisory students involved in Socktober. Then Associate Principal Mike Wilson challenged the rest of the student body to get involved.

“I heard about it over the intercom,” said junior Gabriela Perez. Perez gathered 10 pairs of socks to donate, but when her mother noticed what she was doing, she wanted to help. “She wanted to donate as well so she added another 10 pairs.”

“I’m really glad we did this,” added Perez.

“Our kids are great,” said Wilson. “If there’s something that needs to be done — a fundraiser or something — our kids all collectively join in.” Wilson said he is always blown away by his students’ giving spirit. “They always come through when we need something. Whether it’s a blood drive or helping out a cause. They’re just good, giving natures kids.”

Tyler estimated the high school students had collected about 2,200 pairs of socks. In total there was well over 4,000 pairs donated during Socktober.

“I brought two packs of 20,” said second-grader Delaney Fitzgibbon. The shy second-grader said she felt really good about giving to those in need.

Her classmate, Brianna Wibstad, was surprised by how many her class was able to collect. “I didn’t think there was going to be that much,” she said looking over to the tower of socks.

Fifth-grader Aiden Sayabath was “kind of proud” of himself and his classmates for how many socks they were able to gather. “There are lots of people, kids and babies that don’t have socks and it’s getting really cold.”

Ella Ensminger, a fourth-grader, said she never would have thought about donating socks. “People donate other pieces of clothes, but they forget socks.”

Mrs. Hoyer said she was really proud of her kids and the district as a whole. “It’s always great to get the kids involved in the community and help the less fortunate.” Since Socktober was such a hit, Hoyer said she was reaching out to other organizations in the area to see if they needed socks as they had collected more than the Fellowship Cup needed.

Hoyer hopes more schools hop on the bandwagon and celebrate Socktober.

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