Sock Drives at MS and CES Help the Homeless

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During the month of November, the middle school’s Tri-M Music Honor Society sponsored the “Socks for the Homeless” sock drive, partnering with Deacon Gail Kertland  and parishioners of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Islip to achieve the goal of donating 500 pairs of socks to Long Island homeless shelters in time for the holiday season.  The idea for the drive was sparked by a post on St. Mark’s Facebook page which explained the constant need for socks among the homeless population, especially during the harsh winter months.

“We surpassed our goal, donating 513 socks, and the kids were really inspired by the impact they had,” said Tri-M adviser Judith Fischer.

Meanwhile, at the district’s Connetquot Elementary School, Melissa Love’s second-grade class and Jennifer Rizzo’s kindergarten class participated in a buddy community service project on Dec.  11. The students created “Socks of Love” by filling pairs of warm socks with soap, a toothbrush and a small toothpaste tube, along with handmade holiday cards, to be donated to a local homeless shelter.