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Shoes For Kids beats record

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Shoes For Kids beats record

Paige Cobb, Editor In Chief

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Would you believe it began with two Freshman girls’ dream to help kids in their community? In 1996 Libby Bloodsworth & Courtney Bell became aware of the fact that although the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other wonderful organizations do many things to help people in our area; they didn’t offer new shoes. They wanted children in the Chapel Hill community to have the opportunity to have new shoes for the Christmas season.
Cans were put in teacher’s rooms and money was collected. Only a few children benefited that first year, but with lots of creative thinking and hard work those numbers have grown tremendously. In 1999 the Spirit Chain contest became a competition fund-raiser between the grades at high school. Today, we use graphics on our hall monitors to keep students posted on which grade has collected how much.
Last year we took 180 children to Payless Shoes where most of them got at least a pair of shoes, socks, & something else; many of them got 2 pair of shoes. After Payless, they went to CiCi’s pizza for lunch, and then to Discovery Science Center for an afternoon of fun & learning. High school students are paired with elementary students for the day & both ages of students come away with new friends. This year, history was made when the student body raised $11,000, beating our previous record of $10,000.

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