Republic elementary students collect almost 4,000 pairs of socks during Socktober drive

This year’s Socktober, the annual sock drive where students in the Republic schools gather as many pairs of socks as they can for the less fortunate during the month of October, went over very well. Republic students gathered 3,882 pairs of socks to give to those in need. Most of the socks were donated to People Helping People and the Price Tag store in the district, among other locations.
Josey McPhail, director of communications for Republic Schools, said a larger number of schools participated in this year’s event. The schools which took part were: Lyon Elementary, McCulloch Elementary, Price Elementary, Schofield Elementary, Sweeny Elementary and Republic High School.
“For several years, individual buildings, specifically McCulloch Elementary, have participated in this effort,” she said. “However, this was the first year nearly all buildings participated in Socktober. This was in response to a ‘kindness challenge’ from former Republic School District teacher and principal, Cindy Crabtree. The district team, students and families were happy to accept the challenge.”
McPhail said the students went to certain lengths to collect more socks for Socktober.
“Throughout October, students celebrated by wearing ‘crazy socks’ to both promote the sock drive and to add some fun to the challenge,” she said.
While Socktober was a fun way to help the less fortunate, McPhail said it also gave the students a chance to hone their leadership skills.
“In Republic we truly believe that leadership is a choice, not a position,” she said. “What better way to demonstrate leadership than to give students an opportunity to help coordinate and promote an effort at their school that will help those in need?”
McPhail also said the district was grateful to Crabtree for inspiring the students to help others.
“It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity as a district to partner with local entities to meet the needs of the families in our community,” she said. “Thank you to Mrs. Crabtree for leading the charge with this challenge that not only included the school district, but many local businesses as well.”



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