Sixth grader Averie Pritchard got the idea that her school, Marion W. Savage Elementary in Savage, take on a community service project.
She was inspired by Kid President (of YouTube fame) who encourages young people to get involved in helping others. He suggested an event called Socktober that Averie thought could happen at her school.
Averie secured the approval of Principal Jeff Nepsund and support from the school's new 20-member student Ambassadors group led by teacher Libby Duethman. Socktober took place the last week of October and was very successful!
Collections surpassed the goal of 500 pairs of new socks with 702 pairs being collected. Donations will go to the Armful of Love program of 360 Communities for families in need.
"Thanks to Averie and the Ambassadors this community service project was very successful," said Nepsund," and, as a result, more than 700 people of all ages will receive new socks."