Fourth-graders stuff 200 socks for area homeless

Kimbell Wiles Elementary School fourth graders in teacher Brenda Nettles' class stuff socks Wednesday. Students in Nettles' class and fellow fourth grade teacher Annette Redwine's class spent the morning stuffing socks with items such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste to be distributed to homeless at the St. Francis House.

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Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:17 p.m.

Dozens of fourth-graders scooted around the room with toothpaste, deodorant and black, white and Christmas-themed tube socks.

Along with toothbrushes and shampoo, the items were stuffed into the socks by the students Wednesday morning at Wiles Elementary as part of a project to make gifts for the needy at St. Francis House.

The fourth-graders recently read “The Missing ’Gator of Gumbo Limbo” by Jean Craighead George, which features a homeless character, after which a representative from the St. Francis House gave a talk to the classes.

Teacher Annette Redwine said the students asked about what they could do to help, and the “stuffing the socks” project was born.

Students stuffed 200 socks to donate. Some even brought already stuffed socks to school.

Brenda Nettles, a fourth-grade teacher at Wiles, said she could tell that her students enjoyed lending a helping hand.

“I think it’s definitely a very positive experience for all of them,” she said.

Willow Ross, 10, said she learned an important lesson after reading the book and learning about the St. Francis House.

“We’re all the same,” she said. “It’s just what we have that’s different.”

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