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East Handley Students Collect Almost 1,000 Pairs of Socks for Presbyterian Night Shelter Clients

Group with socks Fort Worth, Texas - Student members of the Junior Optimist International Club (JOI) at Fort Worth ISD’s East Handley E.S. are making the holidays a bit brighter and warmer for homeless clients of the Presbyterian Night Shelter. As their fall service project, the students chose to collect socks for the Shelter. They learned that socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least donated. Last year the E. Handley JOI Club collected and donated 450 pairs of socks to the Shelter, so this time they raised the stakes with a lofty goal of 500 pairs. Due to their hard work and unwavering determination, they smashed their goal and donated almost 1,000 pairs of socks (959, to be exact) to the Shelter. 

The JOI students kept the sock drive fun by turning it into a competition between grade levels. Collection buckets in each classroom gathered daily donations, and a large collection “thermometer” was set up in the cafeteria to track progress toward the goal. At the conclusion of the drive, the 4th grade classes earned a Warm and Cozy Hot Cocoa Party by collecting 247 pairs of socks, closely followed by the Pre-K classes with 236 pairs and the 3rd grade classes with 133 pairs. 

Fun shot of group Junior Optimist Clubs are affiliated with the Optimist International service organization with the vision of empowering young people to make positive decisions and promote constructive change that serves fellow youths and the community. The E. Handley E.S. JOI Club, under the advisement of Principal Alleia Hobbs and assistant principal Robbin Crowell, is one of several eastside JOI clubs sponsored by the Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth. The E. Handley students are led by four faculty sponsors, including art instructor Gayle Record, 4th grade teacher Sydni Dunn, 2nd grade teacher Stacey Shelley and LINC instructor Sharon Hodges.

E. Handley E.S. has been serving families in the Handley neighborhood of east Fort Worth for 60 years. It will be celebrating its 60th birthday next spring with school and community events. Follow the school at for updates on upcoming events and how to get involved.



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