Archived Stories for Union County Public Schools
Shoe Tree Organized by Middle Schoolers
Justin Seybuck is in the 8th grade at Porter Ridge Middle School. Recently he had a service project due and wondered what he could do in service to others. Justin chose to help out Stallings Elementary in their annual Shoe Drive. He took on the project along with his friend, Austin Schwartz, for Mrs. Nichols, our school guidance counselor. Justin and Austin worked diligently to take inventory of the shoes that were already at Stallings and making sure they had the shoes divided by gender and size. This proved to be a huge undertaking since Stallings already had about 70 shoes in storage. Justin and Austin found that most of the shoes would fit kids from 3 to 10 years old. Next, they made sure that they boxed up the shoes and labeled them correctly and had them ready to donate. Mrs. Nichols provided the information for the remaining students that would need help such as boy or girl, what size they wore and type of shoes needed. Once they had this information, Justin and Austin began making pink and blue shoes out of contruction paper and writing the size needed on each one. This was the most important part of the project, to let others that would take a shoe off the tree know what to buy for the students. Once this process was completed, the 50 shoes were hung on a tree in the front office where most people could see them. After that, the good people of Stallings started taking shoe ornaments home with them and buying the shoes for those
in need. "I can't imagine not having a pair of shoes to wear," said Justin Seybuck. He went on to say, "All of the people of Stallings opened their hearts and helped a good cause." Justin was excited that in doing this project he not only helped out Mrs. Nichols, but a good many deserving children and adults, too.
Written by: Janice Deane (with Justin Seybuck)
Posted: Jan 15, 2013 by Janice Deane