Students go a day without shoes


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  • Pictured (from left): Kindergarten students Marley Eagan, Ryan Curley, Molly Kless and Christopher Gurda go without shoes.



"The kids loved taking their shoes off. Plus, they got to see that once a child received a pair of shoes they were then allowed to attend school, they were not able to go to school before they had shoes."
Tiffany Kelly, St. John kindergarten teacher

— One Day Without Shoes is a day to spread global awareness for children's health and education. And that's what the students did at St. John School in Goshen, which partnered with the TOMS Shoes for a day of awareness on April 29.

"It was really fun," said St. John kindergarten teacher Tiffany Kelly. "The kids loved taking their shoes off. Plus, they got to see that once a child received a pair of shoes they were then allowed to attend school, they were not able to go to school before they had shoes."

One Day Without Shoes is about more than shoes. Children lacking access to good education and health struggle to break the poverty cycle for themselves, their families and their communities. Shoes play an important role in health, education and empowerment.

St. John students with their teachers worked to understand how a single pair of shoes can make a difference to children across the globe. They watched videos, read books and participated in activities.

St. John School is the oldest Catholic elementary school in Orange County, established in 1861. Currently, it educates 198 children in grades K-8. It is located at 77 Murray Ave. in Goshen.

TOMS Shoes has donated more than 10 million pairs of shoes. For every pair of TOMS Shoes purchased, one pair is given to needy children across the globe. For more information visit toms.com/onedaywithoutshoes.

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