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400 pairs of shoes donated to students at Johnson STEAM Academy in Cedar Rapids

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 5:32 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Students celebrated 400 pairs of donated shoes getting dropped off at Johnson STEAM Academy on Thursday in Cedar Rapids.

Cassill Motors employees delivered the shoes after holding a shoe drive for the past month in partnership with Theisen’s.

“Every time somebody bought a car they donated shoes,” said Roger Cassill, Owner of Cassill Motors.

The donation came full circle for Cassill who grew up in Wellington Heights and attended Johnson when he was a kid.

“There’s kids all over town who need this, specifically at Johnson school I think there’s some kids that could use some help with some shoes,” Cassill told KCRG-TV9.

The donation came just in time for summer break, as Friday is the last day of school. Staff may still hand out some of the shoes in the fall as students return to school, depending on available sizes.

Several elementary students helped carry all 400 boxes into the building with smiles on their faces.

“I don’t even know if they know they’re going to end up with a pair of shoes they just like to help, they’re awesome kids and we love them here,” said Candace Lynch, Principal at Johnson STEAM Academy.

Lynch said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time after a school year of dealing with a pandemic and a derecho.

“It takes our entire community to do right by our children and Cedar Rapids shows up every time,” she said.

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