It's Socktober in Van Horne
By Heather Hubbs, Reporter
VAN HORNE, Iowa - In the United States more than 600,000 people are homeless. Here in Iowa, nearly 3,400 are homeless. And, according to the United Way of Eastern Iowa, in their service area there are 367 men, women, and children without a permanent place to call home. Now, a group of elementary school students are doing their part to help.
Whether they are living out on the streets or in a shelter, many homeless don't have the basic essentials, like socks to keep their feet warm when they are outside during Iowa's harsh winter months. So, first graders at Van Horne Elementary school are collecting socks during the month of October ,which has now been dubbed Socktober.
The kids got the idea from a popular video series called "Kid President". Those videos talked to the kids about homelessness and encouraged kids to do their own Socktober or any small thing to help make a big difference. Through the project, the children have learned a valuable lesson in giving back.
"They get a global perspective. They know it's not just them, but whatever they do can change the local community and change the world ," said Samantha Happel, First Grade Teacher at Van Horne Elementary.
The students did more than just bring in a few pairs of socks each, they launched a full fledged promotional campaign. Making flyers, posters, videos, shirts, and mugs. They also called family and friends asking for donations. The students initial goal was 100 pairs, so far they've collected 461 and aren't stopping yet. All the socks they collect will be donated to area shelters.
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