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‘Sock Hop’ helps museum

May 21, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Pupils at Pleasant Hill Elementary School put the "fun" in fundraiser when they recently held a "Sock Hop with a Twist" with proceeds benefiting the Pleasant Hill School House Museum.

Gloria Renda, president of the board of directors, approached the school's PTO at the beginning of the school year, asking if the group would once again consider organizing an event to generate money for the museum, which relies on donations and contributions.

Pleasant Hill PTO volunteer Kasey Kuntz accepted the challenge, stressing to pupils that "change" is what is needed to make a difference and can help preserve history.

The "Sock Hop with A Twist" held in April involved pupils in grades pre-kindergarten through six participating through a letter sent home in a gallon-size Baggie. Staff got involved, too.

The goal was to have pupils bring in at least one pair of new socks either creatively designed by them or a new pair of silly make-you-giggle socks. Along with the donation of the pair of socks, a minimum donation of 50 cents was asked to be stuffed inside the socks.

"The generosity of the students was amazing for the first-time collection," Kuntz said, noting the class that collected the most socks - Vickie Shaffer's first-grade class at 30 pairs - was rewarded with an ice cream float party as a thank-you.

The 1950s theme was carried out throughout that week with incentives given out daily to promote the donations for the "Sock Hop" sale, the day of which pupils and staff were encouraged to wear 1950s attire.

Five names were pulled and prizes such as rock 'n roll pajamas, a peace T-shirt and a letterman sweater were awarded. All in all, there were 298 pairs of socks collected and sold with the fundraiser generating $340.35.

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