Socktober at Hughenden school

HPS Grade 12 students with their winning pumpkin cows. From the left, back row: Gillian Pederson, Sasha Robitaille, Darby-Anne Swanson, Amy-Leigh McDavid, Melina
Cruz, Jaylene Verbonac, Lucy Lee, Hannah Turner and Payton Manning. Kneeling: Joel Morrison, Calen Sayer, Evan Wahlstrom, Wyatt Ford and Curtis Torpe. Submitted

We’ve been calling it “Socktober” for a very important reason.

Socks are one of the clothing articles that homeless shelters are always short of, this is especially a problem during the cold months, when homeless people get wet feet and have no place to dry their socks”, said Cathy Samson, the Hughenden Public School (HPS) teacher who set up a week-long sock drive to help get those socks to the people who need them most when they need them most.

The benefit for a student donating a pair of unused socks was very appealing: they got permission to wear their hat in class throughout the day.

Some students chose to turn in a pair of socks every day of the week to keep the privilege alive.

Students collectively donated 133 pairs of socks. Adding to the fun was the pumpkin decorating contest on Wed. Oct.24.

Each class was provided with five pumpkins and were to come up with a plan to decorate them, without carving them, during one very busy and chaotic 40 minute period in the school’s gym.

Each year this contest gets more and more elaborate, with this year’s entries including a pumpkin bank robbery, a pumpkin solar system and a pumpkin bowling alley.

The Grade 12 class came away with bragging rights this year for their pumpkin cow pen.

“In a school with students in Grades 4-12 it can be hard to find activities we can all enjoy together as a school community.The pumpkin decorating contest and the sock drive can be enjoyed by students of all ages,” said Samson, teacher and organizer of Halloween activities this year.

by Taylor Griffith and Wyatt Laing

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