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National Organization To Deliver Shoes To William Wells Brown Elementary

Posted at 6:07 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 07:40:17-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A national organization will make a very special delivery to a local elementary school Friday.

400 students at William Wells Brown Elementary will receive a brand new pair of sneakers.

“Shoes That Fit” aims at helping kids who are faced with one of the most visible signs of poverty: shoes.

Shoes That Fit

So far more than 100,000 students in 2,500 schools have received this gift.

William Wells Brown Elementary was chosen from a list of schools Congressman Andy Barr submitted to the organization.

And Central Kentucky’s own Judy Construction and Hall’s Beer Cheese has put up the cash.

A superintendent at a school that’s already received this gift says shoes are an essential school supply.

“It’s not just about having a pencil and paper these days,” said Maribel Garcia, superintendent of El Monte School District. “You know, this is about all of them having all of the resources that are vital to 21st Century learners and, of course, a brand new pair of shoes makes sure that they can be active, they can run, they can be social on the playground.”

There will also be some special guests at the elementary school, including former UK and NFL player Jacob Tamme and UK basketball legend Jack “Goose” Givens. They will be there to help pass out the new footwear.