Comal ISD students collect and donate thousands of shoes to nonprofit organization Soles4Souls

Delivering 88 boxes of shoes to DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse from left are Comal ISDnAssistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Academics Kerry Gain, Smithson Valley High School junior Owen Woodard, Smithson Valley High School junior Abigail Redin, DSWu00a0Sales Clerku00a0Christie Fealy, SmithsonnValley Middle School seventh grader Grayson Cook and DSW Sales Clerk Stacey Laird.

Delivering 88 boxes of shoes to DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse from left are Comal ISDnAssistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Academics Kerry Gain, Smithson Valley High School junior Owen Woodard, Smithson Valley High School junior Abigail Redin, DSWu00a0Sales Clerku00a0Christie Fealy, SmithsonnValley Middle School seventh grader Grayson Cook and DSW Sales Clerk Stacey Laird.

A project spearheaded by Comal ISD junior Abigail Redin provided thousands of pairs of shoes to those in need.

Redin, who attends Smithson Valley High School, initiated the undertaking as her spring Parent Teacher Student Association service project. Her vision soon spread to six other CISD campuses. The collective effort led to the donation of 2,750 pairs of shoes that will benefit nonprofit organization Soles4Souls. The donation was made Feb. 25.

“We are proud of what Abigail has accomplished with this shoe drive,” CISD Superintendent Andrew Kim said in a statement. “She and her fellow student leaders exemplify how capable kids are when given the opportunity.”

Redin was recognized for her leadership, determination and devotion when she was named the student of the year by the Comal ISD Council of PTAs at the organization’s Founder’s Day celebration Feb. 21.

“This shoe drive was the perfect example of how campus PTSA units can work together,” Shirley Koop, president of the Comal ISD Council of PTAs, said in a news release. “PTSA offers great opportunities for students to become leaders. We are proud of all of the students who lead this effort to make a difference.”

For more information about Soles4Souls, visit www.soles4souls.org.
By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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