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Elementary Students Donating Socks to Salvation Army

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Socks were overflowing at the Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove on October 22. It was the culmination of a three-week effort in which students from five Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) elementary schools and six other schools in Galt participated in the second annual Socktoberfest donation drive.

During Socktoberfest, students collected socks to help supplement donations distributed by The Salvation Army. Sock bins were placed at each of the schools until the end of the collection.

More than 1,600 pairs of socks were collected.

"I want to thank all of the schools and students involved for another great effort in this year's Socktoberfest," said David Bentley, Salvation Army Sacramento County Coordinator. "The sock donations will go a long way to assist many families in need. Also, it's a great way to keep them warm, especially when we are entering the winter season."

Socktoberfest was spearheaded by EGUSD servicing learning coordinator and sixth grade teacher William Utile.

“We gave the kids the opportunity to help out and make a difference,” Utile said. “I was really excited to see more teachers come on board and get their classes involved.”

In addition to the sock collection, service learning teachers created a curriculum for the students featuring Sock Sally, the sock puppet. Lessons cover mathematics, poetry and reading.

Socks can still be purchased online for donation to Socktoberfest. To donate online, visit http://socksally.theclassroom.org/sockdonationorder.html.


Syd Fong is the public relations director for The Salvation Army in Sacramento.  For more information about The Salvation Army, log onto www.salarmysacto.org

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