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Students Enjoy a Wonderful Month of “Socktober”

Helping others can be easy and fun!  As students in Room E173 at the Pioneer Middle School discovered, small steps can often make a big difference in the lives of others.

During the month of October -- otherwise known as 'Socktober' -- Mrs. Lesinski’s class collected one simple item: SOCKS!  Socks came in from all different CABOCES locations, outside providers, as well as PMS students and staff.  The socks were collected to provide one very large donation to the Genesis House of Olean, where socks are consistently an item of need for the homeless.

Pioneer Seventh Grader Derrick Prouty revealed, “This is something that is overlooked. People give jeans and shirts, but forget about socks.”

His classmate, Austin Schweickert added, “It’s pretty cool that we’re donating socks . . . it helps people too, especially homeless people in the snow.”

The socks were donated to the Genesis House of Olean.

PMS/CABOCES Counselor Elizabeth Strong actually started and facilitated the sock drive locally.  She said, “I put the word out, regarding the activity, mainly to just the BOCES classrooms in the Pioneer Middle School, but support (soon) came from all over Pioneer Middle School, as well as the physical therapists, who service our building and other BOCES students throughout the area.”

According to Ms. Strong, “Students and staff enjoyed the fundraiser and (they) wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all those who participated in Socktober.  Your donation will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of others.  Your generosity also modeled and inspired our students to embrace helping others.”

She explained, “We had over 100 pairs of socks, and we made the drop off on Tuesday, November 21st.  The staff at Genesis House gave us a tour of the facilities and shared stories relating the (ongoing) need for socks.  They (GH staff) were so appreciative of the donation and it felt great (to give).”

Some of the donated socks for the homeless.

Ms. Strong added, “We hope to celebrate many more Socktobers!”

“Socktober” is actually a national program, which was originally launched by 11-year-old SoulPancake Kid President Robby Novak and his brother-in-law Brad Montague in conjunction with SoulPancake.  SoulPancake is a web site which explores life’s big questions. 

According to the SoulPancake web site, “SoulPancake is the world’s most recognized positive and inspiring media and entertainment company. We create smart, uplifting, meaningful, shareable content targeted to the Optimistic Millennial. In the past three years (2013-2015), our digital, television, and branded entertainment teams have created 85+ hours of content amassing 200M+ video views.  SoulPancake was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Video Companies of 2015.”