The First Shoe Locker
We recently set up our first, official Shoe Locker! Around 160 pairs of shoes were split between Billingsville Elementary – Cotswold Elementary in Charlotte, NC. These two schools serve Kindergarten through 5th graders. Whenever we set the Shoe Locker up, we had the opportunity to talk with a few counselors on what this means for students and the school. Check it out:
I believe having shoes for students gives them confidence in the classroom because they are more comfortable. They feel better. They can concentrate on their education, and less on their shoes not working or fitting.
Our students grow, so it’s nice to be able to have shoes on-hand. So if a child grew over the year, we have shoes ready for them and readily available.
Shoe Lockers can build support in the community knowing our school helps our families in need. It lets them know we are here for their children, that they are safe and happy.
I have a personal connection and appreciation for the mission of Samaritan’s Feet at Billingsville Elementary. For the last five years, Samaritan’s Feet has provided shoes to children in the school which has led to improve kid’s acceptance and confidence, and more importantly, a sense of worth and inclusion. To see the children receive a new pair of shoes may seem small to some, but to others it is so impactful. I hope this relationship continues for years to come.