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École Robert H. Smith told winter to put a sock in it. 

From Oct. 23 to 27, Robert H. Smith students collected new and unused socks for donation to Siloam Mission.

Led by Heather Tucker’s Grade 3 class, the school’s Socktober drive resulted in the collection of 727 pairs of socks for the local shelter. 

Evan Hay, a Grade 3 student at Robert H. Smith, said he and his fellow classmates were inspired to collect socks for Siloam after watching the web show Kid President which described the Socktober campaign in the U.S.

“I wouldn’t want to be a homeless person and not have socks or warm clothing,” Hay said.

Grade 3 student Chloe Kim said she and her classmates created the “sock-mobile” and asked their fellow Robert H. Smith students to stock it with socks. She said the school also held a “crazy sock day” to promote Socktober.

Kim said she was surprised how many socks they received.

“We thought we’d get maybe 500 pairs,” Kim said.

According to Hay, helping people is a priority at Robert H. Smith. 

“APE. Animals, people, environment,” Hay said. “We’re a Roots and Shoots school. We were the first in Winnipeg. It’s inspired by Jane Goodall and it’s about protecting animals, people and the environment.”


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