What better way to fight off the winter chill than with a warm pair of socks?
This year, Laidlaw School joined the Main Street Project’s third annual “Socktober” campaign. Elder Winston Wuttunee and his wife, Geri, pointed Principal Jacqui Kroeker to the program. Teacher Caterina Aiello and her grade 5/6 students then “jumped at the chance” to help.
“At Laidlaw, we follow the Circle of Courage as our guiding framework…and generosity is a big part of wellbeing for all – for students, families, and the wider community," shared Kroeker.
Socks were an easy, compact item to collect and still follow all of Manitoba Public Health’s pandemic regulations. Students placed their socks in a container located at their cohort doors where they enter the building.
The school set a goal of 200 pairs and they more than doubled it, collecting a total of 457 pairs of socks!
Elder Winston and Geri were so pleased with the school’s effort. “Laidlaw ran with it!” Geri beamed in an email. Students presented the donations to Main Street Project in the school’s parking lot, socially distanced, on November 13, 2020.
Main Street Project’s website says that these socks are badly needed right now.
“Many of the folks we see at MSP spend a lot of time on their feet, often walking several hours a day in ill-fitting shoes and they often don’t have access to a shower to clean their feet with the opportunity to change into clean dry socks. We want to do everything we can to help keep these folks healthy over the coming winter months by being able to provide clean dry socks.”
Laidlaw School plans to keep up the momentum, by helping more community outreach programs this school year.
“Since focusing on generosity with each other and the wider community, we have seen an increase in our spirit of belonging and kindness with each other."
We are #PembinaTrailsProud of Laidlaw School for their spirit of generosity.feels good!”