Treynor knocks the socks off the “Socktober” donation goal

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This “Socktober” was a huge success as the Modern Issues class helped Mrs. Lajko’s 3rd grade class surpass their goal of 5,000 socks with 6,000+ socks, which was an outstanding result from what was anticipated. Donations were greatly appreciated and will keep plenty of feet warm this winter.


A huge help in this process came from Jeff Koenck along with his Modern Issues class who created a video and a plan to raise as many socks as possible for this drive.


“It’s the right thing to do and I feel like this brings the community together to do something good for those who could use it,” said Koenck, “Our community came together and achieved the goal without a problem.”


All of the socks were donated to the Open Door Mission and will be put to use for thousands of people who need socks.


“Socktober was a big surprise again this year. Last year, we were able to donate over 4,000 socks so when we set the goal of 5,000 this year, I thought it was going to be tough,“ said 3rd grade teacher Stephanie Lajko, “After two weeks of collecting, we were only up to about 1,500 socks and I was getting a little discouraged.  Over the last two weeks of the drive, however, the community pulled together and had a “big push” of socks.”


Treynor has worked with Open Door Mission in the past with spring Pay it Forward days, and continues to build a relationship with the mission to teach students the value of giving back.


“I am extremely proud of our 3rd graders and of the people of Treynor,” said third grade teacher Stephanie Lajko, “Bringing awareness to the needs of people in our community and surrounding communities is a valuable learning experience for all of our kids. I’m glad to be a part of that and to partner with Candace Gregory and the Open Door Mission,”


Koenck agreed that the partnership is a valuable one for the community and school.  “It is always good to give back to people in need, but socks are those must need items for winter,” he said.

Mr. Koenck’s Modern issues class and Mrs. Lajko’s 3rd grade class.