January 22nd, 2019
On January 18th Simmons Elementary School gathered the whole school together to create sock rolls that would be donated to a local charity, The Giving Tree. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. the third Monday in January is observed as not a day off from school but a day to give back to empower individuals, strengthen communities and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
Simmons Elementary School did just that, the whole school of students and staff collected socks, granola bars, and crackers to donate to people in need. Simmons Elementary School then created a sock roll. Children needed a granola bar, cracker packet and a pair of socks to create the roll. The snacks were then wrapped inside a pair of socks tied together with a ribbon and a happy note.
Simmons started the project last year and are keeping the tradition alive by doing it again this year. Jen Coval, the Project Coordinator stated, “Our goal is about 800-900 socks rolls.” Well, that goal was beaten. Over 1,000 pairs of socks were collected from the drive.
The Giving Tree will then be coming to collect the socks to be handed out to people in need. “Even something just as simple as socks, when I asked the students to think about items you may donate from your home they always come up with clothing instead of socks because they get thrown out. They are an essential item that maybe don’t get donated and it’s connecting them to a greater need.” Stated Coval.
Along with MLK day of service, a Simmons parent who volunteers at another local organization called Aid for Friends stopped by to tell students about another worthy cause. Aid for Friends mission is to provide meals for people who are homebound in the Philadelphia region. Simmon students crafted placemats that would go into a bag with the meal when they would be delivered.