Local students have soldiers covered with sock benefit

By Bryan Richardson

Things got a little crazy Friday at Bergman Elementary — but for a good cause.

The school’s Crazy Socks Day brought out all of the colorful, striped, polka dot and superhero socks imaginable.

Friday represented the kickoff of the Socks for Soldiers drive, which the school is doing next week to benefit the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka.

Dana Holden, fifth-grade teacher and student council co-sponsor, said the school was approached by the hospital and the local VFW.

Holden, fellow student council co-sponsor Morgan LoVullo and the 21 council members agreed this would be a good event for the school.

Holden said about 150 fifth- and sixth-graders will march in the Veterans Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday with boxes to collect white tube socks.

“Our school has always participated in the Veterans Day parade,” Holden said. “This felt like a good tie-in for our school to support them.”

The students will collect white socks for the soldiers next week but used Friday to show off their own wilder styles.

A few student council members took the time to show that behind every crazy socked student was a story.

Sixth grader Lily Sessions served as a walking tourism advertisement for Alaska with the state’s name prominently featured.

“I have friends in Alaska, and they sent them to me,” she said.

Fifth grader Emma Caffey couldn’t decide which socks to use, so she used all of them by pinning many pairs to her shirt.

“I went to my sock drawer and pulled out a bunch of socks,” she said. “I didn’t feel like layering all of them, so I pinned them to me.”

Fourth grader Myles Ferguson had the opposite problem from the one Caffey encountered.

“I have no crazy socks, so I took some from my sister,” he said.

The student council members said they appreciated the opportunity to help the soldiers.

“Lots of people should be doing the same thing,” Sessions said.

Caffey said she likes that the school can do something to help keep the soldiers warm.

“They’re helping us survive and helping our country, and risking a lot for us,” she said.

Ferguson’s mother is in the Army, giving him a special connection to the drive.

“Everyday, she comes home and talks about people injured or dying,” he said. “I want to help our country.”

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