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Every morning there will be a collection bin outside. Pls. drop socks in if you'd like :)
This year, DDMS will hold its third annual Socktober Sock Drive! As a school, we are collecting new pairs of socks and donating them to Note in the Pocket, a Raleigh organization that provides clothing for impoverished and homeless children in Wake County.
Homerooms are in competition! The homeroom with the most number of collected socks at the end of October will win a celebration. For every pair of socks donated, the homeroom will earn 1 point. Additionally, each student and teacher in the homeroom class who wears "wacky socks" on Fridays will earn one more point for the class - this is to bring awareness to the problem of homelessness. 
Our school goal for pairs of socks this year is 3,000 pairs! Socktober!

More About Note in the Pocket & Socktober and Local Homelessness Statistics
There are about 3,000 homeless students in Wake County. Many students who are homeless are food insecure and do not have their basic needs met, which makes it difficult for them to prioritize doing well in school. Note in the Pocket works with school social workers to request clothing for those students in need. Socks and underwear are always the biggest needs at Note in the Pocket. 
NY Yankees' manager Joe Girardi discusses the value of Note in the Pocket - ~ first 30 seconds.

Surprising Facts About Poverty and Homelessness 

  • More than 4,000 people are homeless in Wake County
  • 2,7361 Wake County Public School students are homeless
  • 1 in 30 children experiences homelessness
  • Homeless children get sick four times as much as other children
  • 83 percent of homeless children are exposed to violence
  • More than 800 men, women and children face Raleigh’s winter nights without shelter
  • Raleigh Rescue Mission provided more than 13,335 housing referrals and permanent housing placements in 2015
  • Almost 1 in 12 Wake County residents have sheltered someone who might otherwise be homeless
  • 62,295 local neighbors live in poverty – more and more are families
  • Life expectancy on the streets is less than 46 years