Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Pratum School have been busy organizing a sock drive for local folks in need. During a lesson on citizenship, the students realized that they do well meeting citizenship standards in the classroom, but wanted to do something beyond their school to help the community. They decided that warm toes might be a good place to start as temperatures drop and holidays approach. They started with a goal to collect 300 pairs of new socks to be donated to Union Gospel Mission.
“We really just need to get in the habit of helping people around us,” said Titus Roth, grade 8. “We have
homeless people in our neighborhoods and the more we talk about it, the more I understand what’s going on, what they are going through, and how we might be able to help.”
Roth said the students were inspired after watching a video in class about “Socktober” featuring Kid President. The video describes how kids can make a difference by starting a community sock drive in their neighborhoods.
Dawn Roth, who teaches grades 6, 7 and 8 at Pratum said the students have taken ownership of the project.
“This group is just so eager and enthusiastic and we wanted to build on their excitement and willingness to do something for the community,” said Roth.
According to Roth, Pratum is accepting new sock donations from all community members. Socks can be dropped off at the Pratum office. For more information about the sock drive, contact Dawn Roth at (503) 362-8812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.