Boyd Christian School students recently participated in the Tom’s One Day Without Shoes project. Over 125 pairs of shoes were donated to help those who are less fortunate and in dire need. The shoes will be taken to World Relief of Nashville, which gives shoes to refugees from other countries.
The project was a joint effort between the Student Council and Interact Club, and was headed by Rachel Hale and Mason Leonard. The club supervisors are Dachelle McVey and Sonia Vandagriff.
Students were invited to participate in a One Day Without Shoes by wearing flip flops to school, as it is a health-code violation to go without shoes completely at school. Posters with facts were hung up around the school informing students of problems people who do not have the opportunity to wear shoes must go through on a daily basis.
Some of the alarming facts include:
• 30,000 People live in one landfill in the Philippines. On landfills, bare feet are exposed to broken glass, syringes, and debris.
• 1,890,000 Kenyan children are infected by jiggers. Jiggers are burrowing fleas that cause painful lesions.
• 4,000,000 people have podoconiosis. Podoconiosis is a debilitating and disfiguring soil-based foot disease.
• 740,000,000 people are affected by hookworm. Hookworm can cause intestinal pain, weakness, and cognitive impairment.
”I believe we raised a lot of awareness in doing this project for others,” said Hale. “We learned how fortunate we are to do something as simple as wear shoes, this is something that many of us take for granted.”