SPRINGVILLE—The Springville Elementary School PTA is asking for donations of gently used shoes to help them fund programs and events. The shoe drive runs through Feb. 1, 2018, and will turn the weight of donated shoes into funding for the parent teacher association.
PTA President Melissa Frank said the organization is trying to move away from catalog-type fundraisers which ask parents and community members to purchase items. The shoe drive will help micro-entrepreneurs build a business in developing countries.
“We thought this was a good way to help us raise money … and help other people too,” Frank said. “It’s a great way to help different people.”
The shoes collected by the PTA will be sent to Funds2Orgs, an organization that works with micro-entrepreneurs to help them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. The weight of the collected shoes is turned in dollars for the PTA.
“We have a budget that covers field trips for all grade levels, appreciation lunches for the staff and bus drivers … movie nights,” Frank said.
The PTA is also hoping to provide additional options for students at the SES back playground and continuing to maintain the garden in the front of the school.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” Frank said. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets. By doing so, we raise money for the many programs and events we provide the students at SES, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
The last two years, the PTA has seen success in their Color Run fundraiser, but due to insurance constraints won’t be able to host it any more. Frank is hoping the shoe drive can help supplement some of the funds lost from the Color Run.
In addition to movie nights, Bingo for Books and field trips, the PTA is also planning a science night on Jan. 25. The interactive evening will give students and families a chance to explore science. That event will also serve as the last drop off event for the shoe drive.
“We’ve got a lot of support from the community and parents,” Frank said. “We really appreciate the help and support from the community and all their help on our past fundraisers.”
Gently used and new shoes are being accepted through the shoe drive. All sizes and types of shoes are acceptable, as long as there are no holes. Shoes can be dropped off in the lobby of Springville Elementary, the entrance of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Metro Kirsch Real Estate.