Kenwood Academy collecting shoes for those in need

Staff Writer

The Spanish II classes at Kenwood Academy High School are collecting gently used shoes for those in need all over the world.

For the past two years, Spanish teacher Shenel Conde has been working with students at Kenwood to collect shoes for Share Your Soles, a Chicago-based non-profit that collects shoes for impoverished people throughout the world including Central America, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Appalachia.

The classes will be collecting shoes until May 20. Collection bins are located at the main entrance of Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and in front of the main office of the school. Last year the classes collected 1,076 pairs of shoes. The classes are seeking community support to collect even more shoes this year.

“The shoe drive is a part of their service learning project,” Conde said. “It is a way to help students make a direct and positive impact in the world.”

Conde said that in addition to doing research projects on Mexico and Honduras, the students have leadership roles in the drive such as acting as project managers who oversee collection bins and determine where signs should be posted.

Later this month, the students will go to the Share Your Soles warehouse to sort shoes and prepare them for delivery.