MEDFORD, ORE.-- Every student at Oak Grove Elementary in Medford received a new pair of shoes just in time for the holiday season.
Principal Liz Landon became aware of the need for new shoes for her students after Oak Grove opened up a brand-new track in September. On the day of the opening many children did not have the proper footwear.
The elementary school and Remax teamed up in order to provide a brand-new pair of shoes and socks for every single student. The total amount of shoes donated added up to a whopping 560 pairs.
"It's important that every student at our school gets a new pair of shoes. We really strive to make our students feel like they are a part of one big happy family and it is just our way of showing them we love them in so many ways,” says Landon.
The children had no idea that they would be receiving these shoes until the morning assembly on Thursday. Staff members and volunteers said the room exploded with excitement and cheers from all of the students after hearing the news.
Each classroom came into the gym where they were greeted with long tables full of shoes in every size, hot chocolate, and even Santa Clause.
Remax agents and school staff assisted each child as they walked around and picked out the perfect pair. Once they found the shoe they wanted, staff and volunteers would lace up their new kicks and place their old ones in a plastic bag.
Remax Platinum President David Wright said that several children told him that this was the first pair of new shoes they had ever received.
"It's amazing to see the kids’ faces when they come in and to know that they are getting a brand-new pair of shoes is just something special, and actually there were a couple kids this morning that said this is my first pair of brand-new shoes that I have ever had so it touches you whenever you hear that," says Wright.
Eleven-year-old Kobi Coroado came to school with shoes that he taped up to make sure that it stayed together for his walk to school on Thursday. He picked out a pair of bright red high tops that he proudly displayed to his classmates and teachers.
Landon said that for most of the day she had tears in her eyes as she watched her students. She believes that something as simple as a new pair of shoes can make a lasting impression.
Landon says,” I grew up in very similar circumstances to the kids at our school and I have committed so much of my mission and purpose to make sure that we lift barriers for our students so that they know they are loved and cared for. I really believe in my hear that they will have a successful future, and that's what we want to provide our students."
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