Number of Participants: 2
Hours Donated: 20
Value of Time Served: $338
Event Type: Poverty & Homelessness
Date: May 1, 2023
East Elementary School
Neptune Boulevard, Long Beach
East Elementary School fourth graders Charlie Priest and Jordyn Rincon recently coordinated a sock drive collecting more than 700 pairs of youth and adult socks to donate to those less fortunate.
The two Long Beach students organized the sock collection while learning about solutions to real-world needs during their WINGS period under the supervision of teacher Douglas MacConnell. WINGS stands for What I Need to Grow as a Student and provides extension activities in literacy and math. As part of the project, the girls conducted and researched how to assist the homeless and learned that socks are the most requested, but least donated items to shelters.
Students and staff celebrated the success of the event by concluding the two-week collection with a schoolwide “Sock Hop.” Everyone was invited to dress accordingly and wear a pair of colorful socks. MacConnell was dressed in an Elvis like costume and wore a silly wig and acted as D.J. Mr. Mac for the afternoon dance party.
The socks were donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island.
Photo caption: From left, East School students Jordyn Rincon and Charlie Priest. The two coordinated a school sock drive and collected over 700 pairs of socks.
Photo courtesy of Long Beach Public Schools