As an extension of their 8th grade unit of study (The Responsibility of Social Justice), students in Kim Weissenburger’s classes organized a shoe drive. The essential question, that focused their motivation, is: How can one be an agent of change in the world?
The organization that they chose to work with is, Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls is a not for profit committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes. According to their site “900 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. 400 million are children. Many don’t have access to one of life’s most basic necessities: a good pair of shoes.” Since its inception in 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed more than “30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 US states.”
With the support of Principal, Nancy Iatesta, students invited the entire school to participate in their mission. As shoes were donated, students sorted, organized and kept a running tally. The service project ran from January 19, 2017 through February 1, 2017.
Over 385 pairs of shoes were donated by BRMS students and staff. Students were thrilled with the outcome. According to Nadia Blissett, a student in Mrs. Weissenburger’s class, “We are grateful that so many people assisted in our efforts to help those living in poverty.”
Nadia Blissett- sorting donated shoes
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