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October 25, 2021 News

Perry Creek Elementary Students collect sock donations for “Socktober”

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Perry Creek Elementary students sort through sock donations. Photo courtesy of Emily Schrad/KTIV News 4

As the weather gets cooler in Siouxland, Perry Creek Elementary students found a way to give back through a sock drive.

They’re calling the drive Socktober! Each day they tally up sock donation totals on posters in the lunchroom, so students can see how many socks have been collected so far.

Derik Simenson, a 5th-grade teacher at Perry Creek, said the initial goal was 500 pairs of socks. They exceeded that goal early on, collecting over 1,800 pairs of socks in the first two weeks.

“It’s cool to see how all the kids really wanted to help out and the second we came up with the idea they all wanted to participate and they were excited. They made posters, they talked to their families. They got everybody in the school excited,” said Derik Simenson, Perry Creek 5th Grade Teacher.

The grade who collects the most socks will win a “Sock Hop” party. Once the campaign has ended, the socks will be donated to students in need and other local shelters and organizations in Sioux City.

See the whole story by KTIV News 4 Emily Schrad here.