Chippens Hill helps homeless in ‘Socktober’


The sixth graders on the Gold Team at Chippens Hill Middle School were inspired to make a difference throughout the month of October. The inspiration came from You Tube sensation, Kid President, who inspires kids to get busy changing the world for the better.

A press release from the school explained the inspired sixth graders wanted to make sure Bristol’s less fortunate, who may have fallen on hard times and perhaps even found themselves homeless, would not have cold feet this winter. How would the students keep homeless people’s feet warm? – by making sure they have plenty of socks. The students began a sock drive to collect as many new socks as they could from their fellow peers at Chippens Hill, explained the release.

The Gold Team sixth graders formed committees to divide up all the tasks involved in getting the community service project off the ground. The Foot Patrol committee was responsible for placing bins in each hallway and collecting the donations on a weekly basis. The Marketing committees created the posters and made daily announcements on the school intercom to keep the Chippens Hill Middle School population inspired to keep their donations coming.

The beneficiaries of the community service project would be Bristol’s homeless.

The Gold Team teachers contacted the office manager at St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Shelter, Linda Kerr, who was excited about the sock drive that the students started, and she suggested a few other items that homeless people could use throughout the hard months of winter – chapstick, self-adhesive bandages, and antibacterial cream, said the news release.

All October long, the donations steadily appeared in the bins through the generosity of Chippens Hill’s students and staff. The sixth grader’s documentary committee took photos and video to document the service project and recorded the total number of donated items. The students collected over 330 pairs of new socks and over seven dozen tubes of Chapstick, antibacterial cream, and boxes of band-aids combined.

The students found success in the community service project both in knowing how the supplies will help the less fortunate and how they have now inspired other students at their school to make a difference in this world just like Kid President inspired them to be amazing this Sock-tober, said the release.

Sixth grader, Julia Leba summed it up best, according to the press release, “Socktober was so much fun, and to know we were helping the homeless.”socktober 2 socktober 1