Students Hold Sock Drive for Flood Victims

Courtesy photo Rhett Hansen, Keira Breslin, Tavien Thresher, Xavier Stelmach, Laila Hicks, Frances Suda, Tavia Viramontes, Reagan Phelps, Isaac Hudson, and Rye Dooley show off the socks they collected for flood victims in San Jose.

 

Students in Ms. Charlotte’s kindergarten class at Nea Community Learning Center (Nea) recently began a curriculum based on the weather. The class studied different weather patterns throughout the unit, which encourages science exploration. Most recently, the class studied rain and what happens when it rains too much. This learning occurred simultaneously with rain that caused major flooding in San Jose.

Ms. Charlotte felt this was the perfect opportunity to combine the weather unit with a service project. She told learners what happened in San Jose, showed news coverage of the flooding and asked them if they would like to help. Based on the class’s enthusiastic response, Ms. Charlotte contacted the Salvation Army of Silicon Valley. She determined the students could help out by conducting a sock drive.

The class created a video and emailed it to the Nea community, encouraging families to donate socks to the flood victims. Learners also created signs and posters encouraging donations, which were hung around the school.

Once the donations are received, the students will write letters to the community thanking them for their donations and also to the Salvation Army. Once the socks have been collected, Nea will arrange for the Salvation Army to talk to the learners about community service while collecting the socks and letters.