Helping Hands... Happy Feet!
This past week the concluding activity for the Chapin Street School sock drive to benefit the Boston based nonprofit Cradles to Crayons, was held in the school gymnasium. This is the second year that the Giving Factory Without Walls was facilitated by 2011 Ludlow High School graduate, 2015 Bentley College graduate and current Group Volunteer Coordinator for Cradles to Crayons, Ms. Giana Manganaro. Last year’s successful drive was the collection of hats and mittens for the organization.
Manganaro and her aunt, 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Michele Manganaro- Thompson, guided students in sorting and packaging the socks by size. It was explained to the students that this was the first “Socktoberfest” for Cradles to Crayons and that the socks will be included in clothing packages for needy students.
Manganaro shared, “Socks and underwear are always in high need since those items need to be new. As you can imagine, for many families winter is incredibly challenging. Over the next few month approximately 90% of the requests Cradles to Crayons will receive will be for an outfit pack which includes a week’s worth of matched outfits, new socks and underwear. The socks Chapin Street students donated today will help tremendously to fill these requests.”
3rd grade student, Victoria Davidson shared that her mother bought the socks because “we both want to help kids that need them. Without the socks, in the cold weather, they might get sick.”
This sentiment was echoed by 2nd grade student, Richard Roberts, who commented, “I feel bad for kids that don’t have clothes to keep them warm so I brought in socks to help them.”
2nd grader, Arianna Andrade, added, “I think the kids who get these socks will have happy feet!”
At the end of the day Manganaro was beyond happy and proud to share that her elementary alma mater had collected approximately 1,000 pairs of socks. With three pairs of socks in each bag that will help keep the feet of 333 children warm, and happy, this winter.
“At our school-wide assembly in the afternoon, I had all of the children who donated and participated in the sock sorting, stand up and be recognized,” shared Manganaro-Thompson. “I told them the total amount of socks donated, and they were so excited. I asked all of the second graders if they'd like to do this again next year, when they are third graders and they clapped and cheered their approval. When I asked how many pairs we could raise next year, one second grader enthusiastically said “9000 pairs of socks next year!”
“I love that the partnership formed last year with Giana, and Cradles to Crayons, has become an annual event at our school,” shared Chapin Street Principal Mrs. Nikki Reed. “This partnership helps to reinforce to students that all of us can make a difference in the lives of others with small acts of kindness. It was heartwarming to hear the excitement in the voices of the second graders at our school-wide assembly when they said they wanted to collect 9,000 pairs of socks next year.”
THANK YOU 2nd graders!
Thank you 3rd graders!