CES students surpass Socktober goal

| November 2, 2015

COSHOCTON – Lily Thorson thought it was pretty funny seeing her school’s principals duct taped to the wall in the cafeteria.

Coshocton Elementary School Principal Dave Skelton and Assistant Principal John Casey volunteered to be taped to the wall if the students brought in 1,000 pairs of socks for their Socktober challenge. They, however, went above and beyond.

“You guys more than doubled that number with 2,195 pairs of socks that will be donated to organizations in the community who will give them to people in need right here in Coshocton,” said Elementary Guidance Councilor Rose Olinger, at a special assembly held Friday morning Oct. 30.

During the assembly students helped present the socks to Angie Cantrell, director of outreach at Heritage Apartments; Mike Bryant, director of community outreach at The Meadows; Starkey Lawrence from Shepherd’s Christian Assembly; and Mark Granger from New Life Ministries.

At the assembly the students also found out which grade level brought in the most socks. The kindergarteners came in first with 561 pairs of socks, the fourth graders were second with 495 pairs of socks and the sixth graders were third with 328 pairs of socks.

Kindergarten teacher Megan Crook was very proud of her students.

“We made a comeback,” she said. “We were down by 100 pairs of socks so this was a big surprise.”

After the winners were announced all the students and the staff had the opportunity to add a little more tape to Skelton and Casey to make sure they didn’t fall off the wall.

“I’m proud of our students,” Skelton said. “Sticking on this wall is nothing compared to the efforts of our children, parents and teachers.”

Casey agreed with Skelton.

“We couldn’t have asked for anymore out of them,” Casey said.

He also said being stuck to the wall wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be.

“It was cooler up there than I thought it would be, but it’s hard getting out of all this,” said Casey as he stripped away his suit of duct tape.

While everyone had a good laugh they were also aware that what they did this month would make a difference in the lives of others.

“We did this so people can have warm feet this winter,” Thorson said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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