Students Go Barefoot for Charity

By Rebekah Hoeger, Intern

CENTER POINT, Iowa - Students at Center Point-Urbana High School earned their right to walk around barefoot by donating shoes to Soles4Souls, a charity that collects shoes for people that can't afford them.

The Biology Club chose the fundraiser because it also relates to science outside the classroom. "It's really important to me that they see the interaction between science and society, " said science teacher DeEtta Andersen, "so that they understand that science brings up some issues in life that they need to examine and they can be a part of the solution too."

Souls4Shoes keeps shoes out of the landfill and can prevent disease spread by insanitary conditions related to bare feet. Some unwearable shoes can even be turned into energy.

The kids were counting shoes all day Friday, the final day of the drive. They had to tie all of them together, and bag them in groups of 25. They estimate more than 800 pairs of shoes were donated.

All sorts of shoes were donated, from sneakers to slippers, boots, and high heels.

It was hard work, the students said. By the end of the day the students had tied hundreds of shoe strings together and the project pulled on their heart strings, too.

"I'm fortunate enough to have shoes and they're not fortunate enough to have shoes so to be donating just helps me inside," said Paige Holst.
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