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Ridgewood Middle School Exceeds Goal, Collects 3,606 Pairs Of Socks

Benjamin Franklin Middle School students collected more than 3,000 pairs of socks in the Rock Your Socks challenge.
Benjamin Franklin Middle School students collected more than 3,000 pairs of socks in the Rock Your Socks challenge. Photo Credit: David Tashian

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Thousands of new socks were recently donated to those in need thanks to collection efforts by middle school students in Ridgewood.

Ben Franklin Middle School students took the weeklong "Rock Your Socks" challenge and collected 3,606 pairs of new socks for Covenant House. They far surpassed their goal of 2,000 socks in a week.

The school's involvement came after Ridgewood High School accepted Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno's challenge and pledged 1,750 pairs of new socks, and in return challenged BFMS. The middle school pledged to collect 2,000 pairs of new socks.

"When our principal, Tony Orsini, challenged the staff and students to collect over 2,000 pairs of new socks in a week, Trella Dolgin and I (Student Council Co-Advisors) weren't sure if a week was enough time. However, the student council officers and representatives helped promote the event and the kids responded. I am amazed and proud to report that we collected 3,606 pairs of new socks in a week and will be donating them all to Covenant House," Dave Tashian told Daily Voice.

"Student Council activities like ‘Rock Your Socks’ not only bring about a sense of community but remind us what is important. The idea of helping others is a theme at BF and the students really made a difference this week."

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