Lewis and Clark Middle School of Jefferson City, Missouri successfully ran their own Student Council sponsored “Black Socks Campaign” during the month of December in which enough money for 1100 pairs of black socks was raised. “It took 400 miles and 14 Wal-Mart stores to buy all the socks,” proclaimed Beth Ayers of Lewis and Clark, but the school was proud that they had exceeded their 1000 pair goal.
The socks were shipped during Marine Parents’ January frigid Packing Day bundled with twine and a selected 6th grade student’s poem, “Two Black Socks.” The thoughtful poem detailed concerns for lacking Marine recognition, and conveyed the community’s desire to let the Marines know they and all they do are appreciated.
Connections, a publication of the Missouri Department of Transportation, also featured a story about the Black Socks Campaign titled “Socks for Marines.” Lewis and Clark teacher, Larry Ayers, expressed gratitude for the students’ and the community’s efforts as his Marine son had articulated the need for fresh socks as well as the importance of care packages from home.
See below for the "Two Black Socks" poem and the Connections story.