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Local church supplies students new shoes

A student at East Elementary tries on shoes after being given a new pair by First Presbyterian Church in Monroe, which worked in conjunction with JC Penney. A total of 100 children were given shoes.

Thanks to the efforts of First Presbyterian Church in Monroe, 100 Union County Public Schools elementary students have new socks and shoes this Christmas.
Students who could benefit from the gifts were identified at East and Walter Bickett Elementary schools and treated to the presents by the church, which worked in partnership with JC Penney to provide the shoes.
“It was understood there was a need in the school system to supply shoes for some children,” said Joanne Kitchen, a member of the church’s Witness and Service Committee. “We at First Presbyterian Church decided to provide those shoes, so we adopted a program to help supplement the need for shoes.”
Staff from JC Penney traveled to both schools and measured the feet of all 100 children, then made two pairs of shoes available from which the students could pick one when they visited the store. Organizers took half of the students for shoe fitting at a time, while the others had the option to look at decorations in the mall and visit with Santa.
“This is our first year and we are working in conjunction with JC Penney,” Kitchen said. “They’ve been wonderful to work with in supplying shoes for the children.”
UCPS officials were contacted about the project and helped identify children who could benefit from the project. “UCPS staff were excited when First Presbyterian Church approached them in the fall with the idea of starting a new service project, New Shoes for Children for Christmas,” said Patti Jones, UCPS Pre-K Coordinator.

“A special thanks also goes out to the administrators at East Elementary, Walter Bickett Elementary and the staff at J.C. Penney for making the program a huge success the first year,” Jones said. 

“I think this is so great for our students,” said Nicole Lutz, a math coach at East Elementary. “They’ve been so excited. We really appreciate the church and JC Penney doing this for our students.”


Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 29, 2008 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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