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Edison students celebrate 5th annual Socktober

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 7:35 AM

MILAN — October celebrates the fifth annual Socktober at Edison High School.

Socktober is when Edison Local Schools and the community come together to collect socks and raise awareness for homelessness in the United States.

“Approximately 600,000 people are sleeping on the streets in the United States every night and many in our area struggle to make ends meet. Last year, thousands of schools, families, and churches around the U.S. rallied together to bring Socktober to life through the popularity of the project made by internet personality Kid President,” said Jenni Seel, Edison High School Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) and family and consumer science teacher.

Edison High School students have a few creative ideas to help them reach their goal of collecting 2,500 pairs of socks this year. They will be donated to Miriam House, OHgo and The Salvation Army for their local back pack program.

Miriam House offers “a transitional housing program that offers safe and stable housing to homeless women and their children.” One of the missions of OHgo is a committment to “inspiring life-long contributors to society by facilitating acts of kindness within the community (and) delivering goods through a mobile service to disadvantaged children.” Christine Boesch, of Sandusky, and Kendra Faulkner, of Huron, co-founded the volunteer, community outreach non-profit organization in Erie County in 2015 and later expanded it to Huron County.

Edison students will “kick of” the collection at a school-wide sock-themed pep rally on Thursday, where they will learn about the importance of the Socktober project while playing sock-themed games such as relays, corn hole and sock dodgeball.

From Oct. 11 through 22, the high school students will have a friendly competition between grade levels to see who can donate the most socks. The class with the highest donation will be rewarded with an after-school snow cone party, donated by Snowie of Huron, with support by the EHS staff and administration.

On Friday, the Edison TLC class will be outside Walmart in Norwalk collecting sock donations from the community.

“The Edison TLC students are fueled by the wise words Mother Teresa spoke: ‘It’s not how much we give, but how much we put into giving’ and they are optimistic about reaching their lofty goal,” Seel said.

If anyone would like to make a sock donation the students have set up donation boxes at all Edison school buildings, the Milan and Berlin Heights libraries, the Milan Township administrative office and local churches.

Socktober is held through Edison’s Teen Leadership Corps. TLC is the premier organization for empowering student leaders through service education. The high-school class empowers teens to achieve their leadership potential through a character and service-based curriculum administered by teachers.

“The Edison Teen Leadership Corps students strive to carry out the organization’s mission to lead, serve and inspire the world in all their projects, including Socktober. Edison High School is proud to be a partner school, learning while serving the school and community for the past five years,” Seel said.

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