Annie Camp Jr. High EAST Collects Shoes for Less Fortunate


Annie Camp Jr. High EAST Collects Shoes for Less Fortunate
8/15/2013 4:20:01 PM

We take many things for granted like a roof over our heads, food on the table and shoes on our feet. Students at Annie Camp Junior High are working to provide at least one of those needs for the less fortunate .

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – There are many things in our lives we take for granted like a roof over our heads, food on the table and shoes on our feet.  Students at Annie Camp Junior High School are working to give the less fortunate at least one of those needs.

"We don't know that feeling of not having a pair of shoes," said EAST student Mary Agnes.

While we don't know that feeling, others in the world do.  That's why Annie Camp EAST 8th grader Mary Agnes and her group are trying to make a difference one pair of shoes at a time.

"I'm a runner and I have lots of shoes, as do many of my friends.  I just thought it would be a good way to give back," said Mary Agnes.

Mary Agnes is part of the EAST program at her school.  She and other students are responsible for coming up with their own projects and work as a team to accomplish their goals.

"We just come up with projects on our own to help our community, world or school ," said Mary Agnes.

Instructor Chris Hicks said the sky is the limit for his students. "I don't care if my kids want to cure world hunger.  If they can bring me a project that says, ‘We can cure world hunger and this is how we do it,' I'm going to back them 100%," said Hicks.

Mary Agnes is working with Soles 4 Souls, an organization that collects shoes and ships them to those in need.

"It makes me feel really great that I'm giving someone something that I never know what the feeling like it is to not have," said Mary Agnes.

The next event where shoes will be collected is November 6 at the Downtown Jonesboro BBQ Fest 5-k.

"I'm going to have a box set up by a table and I would like people to donate their gently worn or new shoes," said Mary Agnes.

Taking on a project like this one from start to finish gives students skills many work years to learn.

"When they get out of school they're going to have knowledge and skills that even people inside the industries sometimes don't have," said Hicks.

That's why doing something like collecting shoes is important.  
The first event where shoes were collected was September 25 at the Heart and Sole 5-k.    

"At the race on Saturday there were like 700 to 800 people so I had a pretty good turnout," said Mary Agnes.
A good turnout is right. She received 57 pairs that morning. She has boxes set up at Gearhead in downtown Jonesboro, Shoe Carnival, and Hibbett's on Parker Road.

There are a lot of other projects the EAST students at Annie Camp Junior High School are working on. One group has teamed up with the city council to put on a "Helping Hands Music Festival" as part of a Bar-b-que Run and Fun Festival in Jonesboro.  The students are responsible for auditioning bands, making a commercial and running the event.  Another group has joined with a local church to collect school supplies to send to Kenya.  As part of the class and the EAST experience, students get to work with all sorts of technology.  One group is using that technology to build a 3-D tour of the school.



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