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Elementary students in Springfield get free new shoes

Principal Amber Mitchell said some of their students come from low-income families so getting a free pair of shoes means their parents have one less thing to worry about during the holidays.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 7:11 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2018 7:11 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- All 437 students at Guy Lee Elementary School in Springfield got a free pair of shoes on Friday thanks to the community and a local business.

The students have been learning about kindness all month long and during a Friday assembly they were each surprised with a brand new pair of shoes from Rack Room Shoes.

The shoes were wrapped up like Christmas presents, and the students opened them all up at once. Each pair was hand-picked by a staff member who worked with parents, staff and volunteers to get the correct size for each student.

Principal Amber Mitchell said some of their students come from low-income families so getting a free pair of shoes means their parents have one less thing to worry about during the holidays.

"We do have a lot of students who come to school with shoes that have holes in them and are in poor condition and so for them to have a brand new pair of shoes right before the break is a really nice surprise for them," Mitchell said.

This is the third year Rack Room Shoes has worked with Guy Lee Elementary to surprise the students with new kicks. This year they donated $6,000 to make it happen.

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