Forest Trail Elementary and Valley View Elementary 5th graders collected more than 11,000 pairs of socks to give to local homeless shelters, as a part of the national "Socktober" campaign promoted by Kid President.
The friendly competition between the neighboring schools crowned Valley View as this year's winner, with the Cardinals bringing in 5,742 pairs of socks, while Forest Trail collected 5,459 pairs. This is the second year for the competition, the fourth year in which Forest Trail has collected socks.
"It was so much fun participating in a friendly competition with Forest Trail," said Valley View Principal Jennifer Dusek. "Socktober holds meaning for children of all ages. We cherish the rich conversations we engage in when serving other Austinites by collecting and giving in such a meaningful way. Collecting over 5,000 socks was an incredible feeling. We also thoroughly enjoyed invading Forest Trail's turf by taking over their playground as our playful reward!"
In addition, Forest Trail students collected toiletries to pack into the socks to create "sock care packages" to donate to homeless shelters. The students made a special delivery to Caritas of Austin last Wednesday, where they learned about homelessness and toured the soup kitchen and food pantry.
"Every year the response emphasizes the importance of a giving and kind heart to those less fortunate," said FTE 5th grade teacher Laura Hitt, who organizes the campaign. "We want our students to know they can make good things happen and to encourage and inspire them to have a positive impact in their community and their world."