Ashland Elementary students collect food, socks for needy

ASHLAND — As part of their ongoing commitment to community service, members of the Ashland Elementary School National Junior Honor Society encouraged students and staff to participate in Socktober. According to the Socktober website, every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets and socks are the least donated item to homeless shelters. Nationally the sponsors’ goal was to have 2 million people prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.
Armed with this knowledge, they set up sock collection sites in the school. Thanks to the generosity of students, parents and staff the sock collection was an overwhelming success. The donated items will be distributed at the Bridge House shelter.
Members of the Ashland Elementary School Student Council also coordinated a food drive throughout the month of November. Several boxes of non-perishable items were packed and donated to the Ashland Community Center.
This spirit of caring will continue through December, as the Student Council members sponsor a toy drive for children in need. Anyone wishing to make a donation can bring new unwrapped items to the school during the school day.

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Ashland Elementary School National Junior Honor Society members Lilia Mavrogeorge, Kamilah Abdul Jabbar, Kiera Spencer and Brianna Fogg are joined by NJHS adviser Carrie Sanborn and Bridge House representative Holly Cormiea. (Courtesy photo)

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Student Council members Laura Liebert, Viola Chamberlain and Madysen Crowley work to pack up the donated food drive items. (Courtesy photo)