Dominican Republic Shoe Drive

February 3, 2017

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As mini course week approaches, the Dominican Republic missionaries prepare for their trip by collecting shoes. Photo Credit: Samantha Cano

In March, while the rest of the student body will either be attending mission trips in other locations and college tours or staying on campus, a select few of Academy’s High School students will be traveling to the Dominican Republic during Mini-Course week. The girls that are traveling to the Dominican Republic for this week are currently preparing for their trip by hosting a shoe drive, and are asking for close-toed shoes, either new or gently worn. AHN missionaries started this drive 16 years ago, with the help of Mrs. Rebeca Zambrano.

Zambrano, one of the teacher moderators for the trip said, “We started the shoe drive two or three years after we started going to the Dominican. We realized that each of the missionaries just bringing in one or two pairs wouldn’t be enough for all the kids we wanted to provide for, so we decided to reach out the Academy community for help.”

The missionaries will be giving the shoes collected to the children of La Victoria, Dominican Republic. The children that live in the city of La Victoria must have shoes in order to attend school. Due to economic restrictions, some of the children do not have any shoes, and cannot receive an education.

Senior, Lindsey Calka, said, “I, along with all the other missionaries had been working and preparing for these kids for months and we didn’t even know them, and the minute I met them I fell in love and I got to see how much those kids were helped by everything we did. I felt like everything I did really have a purpose” Photo Credit: Lindsay Calka

In order to motivate everyone to bring in shoes, the missionaries made the shoe drive a school-wide competition. Whichever grade brings in the most shoes will be given a prize at the end of the competition.

Junior, Alex Smith, said, “This will be my first year on the Dominican mission trip and excited is an understatement. I’m thrilled that I was given this opportunity and am so happy that I get to go work with the community, especially the kids, in La Victoria.”

The boxes for each grade are currently in the lobby outside of the Innovation Lab on the second floor. The competition ends on February 3, so please be generous and donate to a good cause by bringing in shoes!

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