Students at South O’Brien Elementary collect shoes each year for Soles4Souls, a micro-enterprise project. Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs for people in impoverished countries by sending donated shoes to the owners of these small businesses who then sell them.
“We did another shoe drive this year and collected an estimated 650 pairs of shoes!” said Rebecca Miller who heads up the collection. In 2014, the sixth grade class won the all-elementary school competition by collecting 92 pairs of shoes. The third grade class delivered the shoes and toured the Soles4Souls processing center in Sheldon, Iowa. The center is located at Village Northwest Unlimited, employing people with disabilities who help sort the shoes.