Wheatland Center School students collect 1,000-plus pairs of socks for those in need

Wheatland Center School students who dropped off the socks at The Sharing Center included: (Front row, from left) Paige Olson, Cody Pappadakis, Ian Kerkman (back row) Adam Switalski, Hunter Ratz, Wyatt Anderson. /Submitted photo

The student leadership group at Wheatland Center School organized a drive to collect socks for those in need. Over the two-week effort, Wheatland School District students collected 1,571 pairs of socks.

The socks were dropped off at The Sharing Center on Wednesday,.

Third grade students won the Wheatland competition by collecting 329 pairs of socks. The students were informed of the final numbers by teacher Joe Vrchota at the PBIS school assembly on Friday, Nov. 30 and the third graders will receive a pizza party for their winning effort.

The leadership group began as an elective class at Wheatland two years ago. It now meets during the students’ lunch and recess period. Students were presented with multiple options for holiday giving and decided on starting a sock drive. This is just one of the many examples of projects undertaken by students in the last few years. Some of these include: A lunch and scavenger hunt for new students, a fundraiser for community members, and a program to grant the wishes of students in need.

Vrchota, Leadership group coordinator, said, “It was a great opportunity to emphasize service and giving during the holiday season. I am proud that they have decided to spend their own time to organize, plan and execute this worthy endeavor.”

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