In a Collaborative Effort to Improve Children’s Self-Esteem, La Verne Community Partners with Shoes That Fit

November 21, 2012 by University of La Verne

To spark a smile on a disadvantaged child’s face is quite a reward, especially during the holidays. This is one of the various reasons why La Verne’s Administrative/Professional and Classified Committees are intentionally partnering with Shoes that Fit for the fifth year.

“In keeping with the spirit of our mission, it is the A/P and Classified Committees’ belief that we, as a university community, can help local school-aged children reach their educational goals by providing them with a pair of well-fitting shoes,” Assistant Dean for Academic Advising and A/P Committee Chair, Carrie Hasse said. “This is one small part we can do to help children to focus on their studies instead of their circumstances.”

The shoe-drive will continue until December 3, 2012. According to Hasse, the goal is to surpass shoe collection numbers every year. In 2010, 76 pairs of shoes were collected and 99 pairs of shoes were collected in 2011. Collection sites include, Regional Campus Administration (1st Street and E Street), College of Law, Ontario, Human Resources Department, Graduate Admissions Department (Leo Hall), Campus Center – 1st Floor, Wilson Library, the Woody Hall Lobby and Founders Hall, Office 114.

Shoes purchased should be new, sturdy athletic shoes with a closed heel and toe. Those who are unable to donate a pair of shoes, but wish to contribute, may donate new socks or make a monetary donation.

Shoes will be delivered to Shoes That Fit in Claremont on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The organization will then determine which schools will benefit from the shoes that were collected at La Verne.

The Shoes That Fit program is a popular holiday project for many businesses and organizations, but it is a year-round program for many volunteer chapters across the United States, helping children in need throughout the school year. It accepts no government funding.

This is yet another project that La Verne offers in an effort to lead by example when it comes to giving back to the community. “It is the university’s mission to provide opportunities for students to achieve their educational goals and become contributing citizens to the global community,” Hasse said.

To learn more about how to make a contribution or to learn more about this effort, please contact A/P Committee member, Carrie Hasse at (909) 593-3511 ext. 5321 or visit www.shoesthatfit.org.

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