JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In anticipation of a weekend where kids will be receiving free candy, a group of south Jackson elementary students learned a valuable lesson in giving. Since mid-September students at Raines Elementary have donated hundreds of pairs of used shoes, which would be given to the Salvation Army.
Pick-up day was Friday morning, when the Salvation Army took the shoes and will recycle the old soles. In return, the Salvation Army will give Raines several $20 gift cards, based on how many pairs were donated, to Payless Shoes.
Dinah Chambers coordinates the "Old Soles for New Soles" program at Raines, and said it is part of her students' service lesson education.
"Service, through service learning projects, so that they can engage in giving," Chambers said. "Learning what it means to give back to your community."
And talking to some of the students involved in the donation drive the lesson appears to be taking hold.
"It makes me feel awesome (to give)," Cijezyah Hovsoe, a fifth grader, said. "We don't care if it's a left shoe or right shoe, we just need some shoes."
Hovsoe donated three pairs herself. Assisting Hovsoe were fellow fifth graders Lourdes McGruder and Talayla Davis.
Davis described what it meant to her to be involved in such a great cause.
"It made me feel good on the inside, because I can help other people," Davis said.
Chambers said they well exceeded last year's inaugural donation drive of 89 pairs of shoes. They received 22 gift cards last year, which were distributed to the families of needy students at Raines. That will be the process for this year as well.
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