Students help warm thousands of feet with ‘Socktober’ drive

We are nearing the end of October, or should we say “Socktober?” Students at the Verona Elementary School Glacier Edge have spent the last month collecting socks to give to the area’s needy.

So far, students at Glacier Edge have collected 2,000 pairs. While their goal is 2,800, they are going to begin distributing the socks to the Badger Prairie Needs Network, Tuesday.

“They get very excited. They love to see the data wall grow, they love to do a daily count,” Carina Miller, a teacher at Glacier Edge, said of her students participation in the drive.

Miller said her students were inspired by the national “Socktober” movement, which also collects and donates socks, and began their own version four years ago. Miller told News 3 Now that socks are the least likely item to be donated. In addition to helping people in need Miller said her students also learn about the importance of giving back.

“They’ve done some really great writing in how it’s affected them and how it’s helped them to grow and know how they can help others,” Miller said.

Schools in New Glarus and a local daycare also participating. They’ve separately collected 1,300.

You can help these philanthropic students reach their “Socktober” goal by donating to the Badger Prairie Needs Network on their behalf.

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