Sandhill shoe drive

Sandhill fourth-grader Devin Rogers is surrounded by shoes — students and staff are holding a shoe drive to raise funds for new playground equipment, including a “Fill the Bus” event at Walmart on May 4.

Looking to do a bit of spring cleaning in your closets – and help improve Sandhill Elementary School’s playground?

Sandhill students and staff are collecting gently worn, used and new shoes to raise money for upgrading the school’s playground equipment. Donating the shoes you no longer want helps to provide shoes to those in need, experience for students running a small business and money toward the playground fund, according to the post on the Stoughton Area School District Facebook page. Collection bins are located at all three district elementary schools, Stoughton Public Library, and McGlynn’s Pharmacy.

New or lightly used shoes, boots and sandals in wearable condition (no rips, tears, broken heels or holes in the soles) can be accepted. The school’s goal is to fill 100 bags of shoes, and are in need of storage space for the collected bags of shoes.

Sandhill teacher Sarah Rogers said the money raised will not only help improve the school’s playground, but “also helps micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries as they use our donated shoes to run their own business and provide for their families.”

“(This) is our way of helping keep shoes out of landfills and instead have them be utilized again while lifting others out of poverty,” she wrote the Hub in an email.

Walmart is hosting a “Fill the Bus” shoe drop-off event at the store from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 4.

The school’s shoe drive ends May 9. To help or for information, contact Rogers at sarahchevis@ hotmail.com.

Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.