Reuse A Shoe

Reuse A Shoe Photo thumbnail76984
Students and staff at Barnum Woods Elementary School donated 2,351 pairs of shoes to the clothing recycling company Wearable Collections on April 28. According to its website, this New York-City based company keeps clothing, textiles and shoes out of landfills while generating funds for local charities.

Initiated by the school’s Planning Management Team, students, faculty and administrators were asked to bring in footwear of any condition during the week of April 24. Classes collected large donations of unwanted, outgrown and worn out sneakers, shoes and boots.

Among the generous contributions, Gene Vassel’s fifth-grade class collected 177 pairs of the shoes, winning a brunch celebration with Harriet Alfano, the school’s Assistant Principal. In addition, fourth-grader Natalie Kwok individually collected 97 pairs of shoes, helping her classmates earn second place with a total of 149 pairs.