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Parkwood Gives to Samaritan's Feet
Samaritanâ€™s Feet is an organization to raise money for children around the world who do not have shoes. Parkwood Middle School students raised money just before Winter Break to help this organization. Ms. Tanner, a 6th grade math teacher, has been involved with the organization for many years. Each child will get a brand new pair of athletic shoes with brand new socks. Ms. Tanner said that PWMS raised close to $200.00. This will provide forty children with new shoes in a Mayan village in Mexico.
The founder of this organization is Emmanuel Ohonme. When he was younger he had no shoes, not even a pair of socks. 28 years ago, tourists came to Nigeria where a camp in Lagos was found. A complete stranger from Wisconsin befriended a young African boy, and that was Emmanuel. That complete stranger gave Emmanuel his first pair of tennis shoes. Emmanuel was recruited to the NBA to play basketball. After he retired from basketball he created the Samaritanâ€™s Feet Organization, because he wanted to give back to the children in the world who donâ€™t have shoes. Parkwood hopes to raise some more funds sometime this year. Parkwood students are being good Samaritan by giving back to those in need.
Written by: Hannah Killian
Posted: Feb 15, 2010 by Lisa Chapman