Students in the Flex program at Murdoch MacKay Collegiate have been "sockin' it to poverty" recently with an effort to help The Main Street Project with one of their campaigns.
With the cold weather already setting in, the Main Street Project set a goal to collect 10,000 pairs of donated socks during October—or "Socktober." On average, there are 1,500 people living on the streets in Winnipeg each night, and they're at risk of feet-related health issues because of the cold, damp weather.
The students created posters, made announcements, visited classrooms, and spread the word by social media to promote the campaign. They also organized a pizza sale to raise money to purchase new socks. The students collected hundreds of socks because of their efforts.
By participating in this community project, the students have been able to build confidence, develop teamwork skills, learn about social issues, work on curricular outcomes, and connect with the school and Winnipeg community.