More than 2,000 pairs of shoes — weighing 2,249 pounds — have been collected by Birney Elementary School students as part of their second Great Kindness Challenge.
everyone has spare dollars to contribute to something, but most people
have a pair of old shoes around,” said Karin Claisse, the parent who
organized the drive.
The 2,249 pounds of shoes, all usable and paired, will be sorted and delivered to developing nations by the organization Shoes with Heart.They filled 90 large, green trash bags, packaged and delivered to the charity.
exercise encouraged the students and staff of the University Heights
school to look beyond their own community to collect shoes for deserving
nations. Since 2009, Birney has been an International Baccalaureate
World School Primary Years Programme, which "focuses on the development
of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the
world outside. It is defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global
significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six
subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning,"
according to the program's website.
project highlighted Birney's second-year participation in The Great
Kindness Challenge, one school week devoted to performing as many acts
of kindness as possible, choosing from a checklist of 50 suggestions.