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Students Collecting Shoes for Haiti

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Students at The Leo Baeck Day School - North Campus in Thornhill, Ontario, enthusiastically packed shoes this morning collected from the student body over the week, as part of a nine school Toronto initiative coordinated by Project Giveback. The shoes will be sent to Haiti through the Soft Moc shoe drive and Soles4Souls distribution.

Families were pleased to be able to help the people of Haiti in a more direct way, by assisting in providing the necessities so desparately needed. Over five thousand pairs of shoes were collected between the schools to be delivered to Soft Moc.

Project Give Back is a program that teaches philanthropy to elementary schools kids by allowing them to find their passion, and giving them step by step instructions to raise awareness and funds for their cause.

Explaining Project Give Back’s desire to get behind this initiative, Ellen Schwartz, founder of Project Give Back said “It is really important for the kids to understand that our lessons are not purely academic. We are teaching character and that means seizing opportunities to help others that present themselves each day.”

To further create impact from their efforts, Project Give Back secured support from sponsor Mastermind  Toys  to donate a dollar for each pair of shoes collected directly to  Free the Children and Red Cross. Jon Levy, Co-President of Mastermind Toys said, “we were blown away when we heard what these kids were doing, so we wanted to bring our resources to bear to support their efforts.”

The project is a wonderful example of how schools, communities and corporations are participating in making their own difference. Children taking part in the shoe drive at The Leo Baeck Day School - North Campus understood their role and ability to effect positive change in another part of the world.

Leo Baeck Students