The Leon Owens Foundation sponsors its annual Shoes for Kids Community Outreach program. Richman Elementary was selected this year.
The students and teachers were told that one student from each class would win a free pair of shoes for Christmas. Each student’s name was taken, shoe size was measured, and their preferred shoe color, gender, and classroom were recorded.
On December 15, the classrooms were sent to the multi-event room by grade level. There Principal Kristin Holm announced that everyone was getting new Skechers tennis shoes along with a six-pack of socks, a McDonald’s free Happy Meal gift certificate along with a toy of their choice (donated by Frisbie Management), a personal bottle of hand sanitizer donated by Hugo Gutierrez of G & H Express Inc., and a backpack to carry everything.
The teachers, who were as unaware of the secret change as the students, received teacher journals, Skechers gift cards from Skechers USA, plus Bourbon Street gift cards donated by Larry Houser and John Skehan.