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Renaissance Pride Time launches Socktober

Students post collection baggies for socks.

Although social media might be trending this month for “spooky season,” one PHS Pride Time is trying to shift the attention to “socktober.”

The PHS Josten’s Renaissance team is joining forces with "Skate for Change" to collect new socks that can be donated to those in need. Socks are the most requested, yet least donated, item in most homeless shelters.

“We plan to change that,” said Renaissance Pride Time sponsor Robyn May. “During the month of October, we're challenging every Pride Time group to donate as many new socks as they can.”

According to Ms. May, her Pride Time is the charter group for Jostens Renaissance, which has a goal of creating an energized school climate and culture that celebrates and inspires student and staff achievement.

The group plans to donate the new socks to local nursing homes, school campuses and community clothes closets to directly benefit members of the community.

“All the socks our school collects will be donated to people in need,” said student Lexi Whitley. “We will be accepting new socks for men, women and children. So let’s start making a difference today by warming feet and hearts all month long.”

The students made collection baggies for each Pride Time classroom at PHS as a convenient drop-off.

“We go by each Friday to collect the socks,” said student Emma Gilbert. “We had other options for possible projects, but we really liked this one. We wanted to partner with Josten’s for the homeless outreach.”

Socktober collections end Oct. 31.

“We are keeping the Pride Times posted on weekly winners,” Ms. May said. “The Pride Time that donates the most socks will receive a small reward as recognition for their hard work.”

Students wait for instructions about distribution.

The community can get in on the project, as well. Socks can be donated at the PHS office.

“We are collecting through our Pride Time groups, so people can donate by sending socks to school with their high school students,” Ms. May said. “If they don't have students here, we'll place a drop off box in the front office, and other campuses can interoffice mail socks to us, if they'd like to participate.”

The students have also brainstormed other collection ideas, including having students in the carpool line or collection boxes at sporting events.

“I have eight awesome leaders who are working hard to support the Renaissance goal, and our group is always looking for ways, both big and small, to make a difference.”

About the photos:

Pictured showing off their donations are Josten’s Renaissance Pride Time members, from left, Natalie Acosta, Danielle Landers, Kalynn Byxbe, Shyanne Jones, Lexi Whitley, Emma Gilbert, Terry Torres and Victoria Rodriguez.

Terry Torres, Natalie Acosta and Victoria Rodriguez prepare to distribute sock collection bags.