Pinksocks Life visited the Socorro Independent School District to promote kindness among students and staff at a pep rally late last semester at Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary.
The organization donated some 1,300 pairs of pink socks to more than 1,200 students and their teachers to share the message of love and kindness.
Pinksocks Life aimed to bring about smiles and laughter among the students and educators and create a large cinnamon roll hug around school principal Cristina Sanchez-Chavira.
“Today was very memorable for myself, but also for the students,” said Sanchez-Chavira. “They were just thrilled.”
Nick Adkins, co-founder of Pinksocks Life, brought the rally of kindness to the Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary students and teachers.
“Pinksocks is about connecting people together from all around the world,” Adkins said. “Part of our mission is to make the world better, and students here at Sue Shook Elementary in El Paso is doing just that.”
Pinksocks is made up of more than 100 happy, smiling people whose mission is to create a global community of empathy and love. Through their distribution of bright pink socks adorned with mustaches and puzzle pieces the organization hopes to create a movement on the importance of being kind to one another.
Adkins said Shook Elementary was selected for being a shining example of love and kindness that both students and teachers project into the world daily.
In support of the Pinksocks mission, Shook Elementary students decorated the cafeteria with posters promoting love and kindness.
“It’s important to share kindness and know that the world is a good place,” said Cameron Hernandez, a fifth-grader at Shook Elementary.
Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary is the first school to join what the organization refers to as their tribe.
The school was showcased last year after a Twitter post by first-grade teacher Zelene Blancas, who encourages her students to be kind to one another, went viral. The post included a video of her students ending the day on a positive note by sharing hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, and high fives as they left their classroom.
The video, which garnered 13.6 million views, prompted Pinksocks Life to reach out and donate socks to the class. This year, the students wore their socks and helped with the distribution of pink socks to their fellow students at the rally.
“I am so proud of my students,” Sanchez-Chavira said. “I hope that together we will continue to spread kindness to others.”
The event took place Nov. 19, 2019.