10/21/16 – Two fifth-grade students at Challenger Elementary hope to make a difference in the lives of others as they collect new socks that will be donated to an area organization that provides assistance to those in need. Called Socktober, the sock drive is part of a national effort to collect 2 million pairs of socks during the month of October. The students, Myla Limbers and Isabella Felix, learned about Socktober from the popular web series “Kid President” and decided to jump into action. The pair developed a presentation that was given to David Cherry, Challenger Elementary School principal on what Socktober was, how they would lead the collection efforts and ways that they would promote the program to their fellow students.
“Having your feet warm and dry is a necessity and if your feet are wet and cold for long enough your feet could get infected and that is really bad. When people think of collecting things for the homeless they think of everything but socks,” said Felix. “We want people to participate because it is a great way to get socks for people and to help out our community,” added Limbers
With Cherry’s approval, Limbers and Felix got to work creating posters, collection boxes and a short presentation explaining Socktober that they gave to each class at Challenger Elementary. The pair has also made an informational video and a “sock-o-meter” to track the number of socks collected.
“I am incredibility impressed with Myla and Isabella’s initiative. Their presentation was well thought out and highlighted the need for Socktober and the many ways that they planned to promote the sock drive to their peers,” said Cherry. “I am very proud of these two young ladies and their drive to make a difference in the community.”
Donations of new socks can be made at Challenger Elementary through the end of the October. All donations will be given to the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA).