Sock Drive competition conducted for the homeless

Leaning over a sign dedicated to the Socktober event, junior Maite Guerra carefully paints out a message. This event will last from Oct. 19-29. "During this time period we will be collecting socks to give to homeless people who don't have them during winter. Whichever class period brings in the most socks gets a party," Guerra said.

Student Council will be hosting the first annual ‘Socktober’ from Oct. 19-Oct. 29. There will be a competition between seventh period classes to see which can collect the most pairs of socks.

“We want students to participate in the sock drive because we want the whole student body to get involved in something good for the community,” Community Service Committee Chair Lauren Petrosky said.

The winning class will be announced during the first week of Nov. and will receive a pizza party.

“I’m pretty excited for Socktober because I’ve never really donated socks or participated in this fundraiser in general, so I’m ready to see our school spirit rise. I’m also excited for the pizza, of course,” Class of 2018 President Ramsey Gomez said.

Half of the socks will be donated to Calvary Chapel Spring Valley, which has a homeless outreach program.

“Homeless people can get diseases and scarred feet because of not having socks, but by Southwest helping as a school, we can provide them with socks,” Class of 2017 Secretary Victoria Truong said.

The other half will be donated to a non-profit organization created by Mike Smith called Skate for Change, which provides various items to the homeless.

“I told my friend Mary Allyn Maguddatu about Skate for Change and we decided to do it one day and we’ve been doing it every month since. To participate people can tell contact me if they want to come one month or if they want to donate. I got StuCo involved by inviting them to all of my events,” Student Body Treasurer Angelica Mayor said.

Mike Smith is a youth motivational speaker and has been nationally recognized by State Farm, Red Bull and Ryan Sheckler. He will be speaking at a school wide assembly on Feb. 9.

“I am excited because it’s a great way to help out those who are less fortunate, especially as we’re coming closer to the holiday season. We take a lot of things for granted every day and it’s important to give back and Socktober is a great way to do that,” Class of 2017 DA Vice President Demitri Bannoura said.