Norwich students help homeless with “Socktober”

New London

All this month, students at the Teachers’ Memorial Global Studies Magnet Middle School have been bringing extra socks to school.

“Some people are not as fortunate as to have socks for the winter and we’re trying to get as many people as we can to donate,” said 6th grader Winnie Chen.

Sixth graders heard about the need first hand Friday morning at an assembly from LeeAnn Gomes from Norwich Social Services.

“Norwich is a really impoverished community,” Gomes said. “54% of the people who live here can’t afford the basic needs to live here.”

“We’ve been making posters and putting them all up around the school telling kids and students to bring socks for Socktober,” said 6th grader Nehemiah Davis.

That is not a typo – Socktober is what they call it. It’s actually a nationwide project.

“We gather new pairs of socks and donate them to homeless shelters so people can have socks which don’t have socks for winter,” said 6th grader Gavin Croy. 

And it’s working. Students and generous community members have made Socktober a big sock-cess.

“Our original goal was 400 pairs of socks and we’ve already exceeded that goal and we still have more collections that are set to take place over the weekend,” said 6th grade teacher Beth Belliveau.

Idetnifying a problem, working to solve it, it all fits in nicely with the school’s philosophy.

“They can see at a young age that it takes everybody in the community to work together to make sure that everybody’s safe and healthy and employed and housed,” said Gomes.

Plus, these 6th graders have learned another valuable lesson.

“It makes me feel good to help out people who are in need,” said 6th grader Roohie Patel.

If you want to help out and you’re in the Norwich area, they are collecting socks through Monday. You can drop off new socks at Teachers’ Global Studies School, the Rose City Senior Center, and the Otis Library.

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