Methacton School District Students Learn the Value and Dignity of a Simple Pair of Socks

methacton school district students rolling socks
Image via CBS Philadelphia.
Methacton School District students roll socks for their MLK Day of Service project.

Methacton School District students started Martin Luther King Jr. Day in service to those in need, reported Vittoria Woodill for CBS Philadelphia.

Dozens of Arcola Intermediate School students spent the day stuffing, rolling, and tying palm-sized packages.

“Our whole purpose right now is that we’re creating these little rolls filled with a sock that surrounds two snacks and we can deliver it to the homeless in our area,” said eighth-grader Eric Zhu. “Because apparently, the one item that homeless really need right now are socks.”

The Sock Roll challenge was introduced to the Eagleville students by The Giving Tree, a nonprofit that teaches children the merits of helping others while also educating them on social issues that affect their communities.

“So many individuals are suffering from the cold,” said Bridget Leary, of Giving Tree. “We know that there is such a need, so we’re just so happy to see the kids come together and take the time to make a sock roll for someone in need.”

As they were stacking the rolls, students learned that such a small thing as a pair of socks can impact somebody’s life in a significant way.

Read more about this Methacton School District initiative at CBS Philadelphia.


Socks frequently appear at the top of the list of the needs of homeless people; this 2017 video shows firsthand the impact this simple gift can have.

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