Campuses across Frisco ISD have followed the lead of Youtube sensation, Kid President, who challenges children to serve the homeless within their own neighborhoods by collecting new socks to disseminate to those in need. He encourages participation in the month of October and dubs the effort Socktober. Socks are the most needed but least donated article of clothing in homeless shelters.
Numerous schools across the District have taken up the challenge including Mooneyham Elementary School, Clark Middle School and Cobb Middle School. Students at these campuses have collected hundreds of socks across FISD with plans to donate them to Frisco Family Services and The Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter in McKinney.
Pioneer Heritage Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society, under the direction of Keleigh Linebrink, have collected non-slip socks and slippers and plan to bring them to a community nursing home.
“We are so excited to be participating in SOCKtober this year! Our kiddos are having so much fun and our staff is too,” said Talia Hegman, counselor at Clark. “Helping our students develop a strong sense of empathy is beneficial to their mental health. Students who have a strong sense of empathy have a better sense of security, are better equipped to handle conflict and have lower levels of stress.”
Casey Lueder’s Kindergarten class at Mooneyham talked about what it means to have a purpose. The class decided that their focus for October would be to help others.
“We are all here for a reason,” Leuder said. “The students learned that just one person can help change the lives of others and that it is important to live each day with purpose.”
Frisco ISD’s Guidance and Counseling Department supports the Whole Child Initiative, which encourages students to be actively engaged in connecting to the needs of the broader community. Schools have risen to the challenge to ensure students reach their fullest potential academically, but also in promotion of the whole child’s physical, emotional and social development.