Annual "Socktober" Yields Great Results
In 2014-15, Galion Intermediate teacher, Paula Prince, headed up an event called "Socktober" in the building as a way to give back to the community. "Socktober" runs through the month of October, and the students are asked to bring in a new pair of socks to their homeroom as a part of a competition.
"I got the idea from a YouTube video from Kid President," said Prince. Each year she gets the kids excited by showing them the video from Kid President and by telling them what the grand prize is for the class that brings in the most pairs of new socks. "We have had many different ways/prizes to motivate the students each year. We have had ice cream sundae parties, jeans days, and ice cream sandwiches for the winning classes over the last 6 years," she said. This year's prize was being able to wear jeans to school.
This year, the winning homeroom was Ms. Prince's class with 209 pairs of socks. The second place class was Mrs. Kiger's class with 132 pairs, and there was a tie for 3rd between Mrs. Buzza's and Mrs. Smith's classes, with 48 pairs each. The grand total of socks this year was 693 pairs.
The socks get donated to the Marion Shelter because that is the closest one to Galion that also serves Crawford County.
To date, there have been 4,770 pairs of new socks donated.
As of right now, "Socktober" only exists in the intermediate, but Prince said that it would be amazing if it got expanded to all the buildings.