When October became Socktober at Loveland Elementary School
It’s #TigerCare at its best – the Compassion Project.
Started last year at Loveland Elementary School (LES) each month the students select a nonprofit to help, and the teachers turn the outreach into real classroom learning – incorporating math and language arts lessons with the giving. This year, that is how October turned into Socktober.
“All of the students of LES participated in Socktober during the month of October, as the initiative for their October Compassion Project,” explained LES Teacher Melissa Prenger who helps organize the Compassion Project. “The goal was to collect 2,500 pairs of socks to donate to various homeless shelters around the Cincinnati area. We were able to collect 3,000 pairs! The students of LES showed kind and compassionate hearts in giving back to others. Amazing job!”
This past August/September the project kicked off with learning about what it means to be compassionate, and in November students will participate in Read to Feed, getting sponsored for their reading and giving the donations to the L.I.F.E. Food Pantry. In December, students plan to write Caring Cards to troops serving overseas, as well as to nursing home residents in hopes of spreading some holiday cheer.
"We have very compassionate teachers and students here at LES. Our school community is one that focuses not only on academics, but also on what it means to have good character and to think of others,” said Prenger. “I believe that we can do a little alone, but a lot together and we have shown that this month with our sock collection!"
Photo caption: LES students collected 3,000 pairs of socks for donation to homeless shelters around the Cincinnati area as part of the Compassion Project.