Individuals looking to donate new or gently worn shoes that are taking up valuable closet space can drop them off at Newark Middle School, 701 Peirson Ave., through May 19.
The drive is organized by the NMS Leadership Team, comprised of 54 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders who teach positive behavioral intervention and supports lessons to their peers and organize activities related to Sean Covey‘s “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”
Men’s, women’s, boys, girls, toddler and baby shoes, sandals, slippers and flip-flops are being collected for funds2orgs.com, which will donate the shoes to developing nations. Footwear that would have been discarded will become inventory for adults who make a living by refurbishing and selling them.
Funds2Orgs states on its website that donating shoes provides a socially responsible way to dispose of them, as shoes disposed in landfills take years to decompose.
Lisa Eakins, NMS instructional coach and adviser to the NMS Leadership Team, said donations can be brought to the school office from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday-Fridays when school is in session.
Winter boots or ice skates are not accepted, because the donations are going to warm countries where there is no use for them. The drive will not accept footwear that is dirty, smelly, mildewed or with tears/holes.
The team’s goal is to collect 2,500 pairs by the time Funds2Orgs picks up the shoes. The NMS Leadership Team will receive a check from the drive that will help pay for “7 Habits” initiatives, including community building activities and signs.
Call (315) 332-3290 or email lisa.eakins@newarkcsd.org for information.