‘Rock the Socks’ to help those in need

It started out as a Senior Legacy Project at Marquette Alternative High School, but the Rock The Socks program is now a community-wide event.

Last year, the program gathered 3,400 pairs of socks for those in need.  Five school districts and Northern Michigan University participated.

The success has prompted organizers to make Rock The Socks an annual event.

“This was a perfect marriage for our project because our student body can afford to buy socks but not a coat for someone else in need,” teacher Cynthia DePetro said.

“There are a lot of events hosting for jackets, hats, gloves and other stuff like that, why not socks? People don’t usually think of socks like that, they don’t really have stuff like that,” high school junior Savannah Voet said.

“We give them to people that are financially in trouble, it’s just not the homeless.  I know, personally, there have been times that I have had only one pair of socks.  For $2 you can go and buy some socks.  It’s something cheap that everyone can help do,” high school junior Makayla Foster said.

You can show your support for Rock The Socks by dropping off new socks for infants, children and adults all next week at Graveraet School.

Other drop-off locations include:

  • Marquette Senior High School
  • Bothwell Middle School
  • Superior Hills and Sandy Knoll Elementary Schools
  • MAPS Central Office
  • Negaunee High School
  • Ishpeming Schools
  • NICE Community Schools
  • North Star Academy
  • YMCA Early Childhood Program
  • St. Christopher’s Preschool
  • Fr. Marquette Middle School
  • The Crayon Club Daycare
  • Select Realty
  • Elder Agency
  • Hot Plate