GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A program in Grand Rapids is helping elementary school students start the school year off on the right foot.
Monday kicks off the 19th year for the Shoes Help Our Elementary Students program.
Thirty-six schools in Kent County are partnering with In The Image to provide free athletic shoes for kids who need them.
Parents just have to make sure their students are registered in one of the participating schools — and make sure they’re with the child to pick the shoes up.
24 Hour News 8 spoke with the executive director of In the Image on Saturday.
She said new pair of shoes can help boost a child’s self-esteem — but not every family can afford them.
That’s where SHOES comes into play.
“This program really tries to level that playing field. Making sure that you’re starting off the school year with a good pair of shoes. A pair of shoes that fits the right way, the way that it should. And this way a child can participate in recess, they can go out on the playground. They can even participate in sports,” said Bethann Egan.
The organization is also looking for monetary donations and volunteers during pick-up days.