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Edison Teen Leadership Corps kicks off Socktober Drive

Cary Ashby • Oct 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM

MILAN — Rockers might call this month Rocktober. A tuba player could refer to it as Octuba. 

But for the Edison High School Teen Leadership Corps, it’s Socktober. The Socktober Drive officially kicks off Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 20, with community residents encouraged to donate new socks of all types.

“We will have boxes at the elementary schools, the middle school and high schools. We also have boxes at the Milan and Berlin Heights libraries,” Edison senior Molly Davis said.

The donated socks will be donated to Miriam House in Norwalk, the Boys & Girls Club of Erie County and Care and Share of Erie County.

“This will be our fourth year doing the Socktober Drive,” Davis said. “Last year we collected 3,000 pairs (of socks). This year our goal is 4,000 pairs.”

On Oct. 13, the Edison TLC students will be outside of Walmart. They will hand out flyers about Socktober Drive and encourage customers to donate socks.

“We will be outside all day because we don’t have school on Friday,” Davis said.

Previously, students in the Edison TLC class were in charge of a solo all-year project or a one-day project. This year, their efforts will benefit specific organizations throughout the year. Students can volunteer for groups in addition to the projects.

Davis once again is collecting pop tabs on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Toledo. 

“Being that I stayed there as a kid and really helped out my family, I’d like to continue helping them,” she said.

Last year, Davis collected 434 pounds of pop tabs.

“My goal this year is 500 pounds,” said Davis, who is in her second year in Teen Leadership.

The Edison senior plans to volunteer at Ronald McDonald House on her own and coordinate an Edison TLC field trip there. 

Last year, the students filmed a “Mannequin Challenge” with the residents and toured the new facility. Divided into three groups, they also performed some volunteer work.

“One group made food for the house. One group cleaned and the (other) group was organizing the pantry,” Davis said.

For more information about the Socktober Drive, call TLC teacher Jennifer Seel at 419-499-4652 or email Molly Davis at molly.chargers@gmail.com.

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