Second grade students and kindergartners are helping Ugandan children with shoes by collecting and preparing denim and plastic folders that will be used to make closed toe shoes.

Kindergartners Are Helping Ugandan Children With ShoesThe process is pretty simple to second grader Abby Press. “First we get to trace them out. We cut them out, and when we’re all done, we safety pin them,” Abby said.

At Ellington Elementary School in Quincy, Illinois, the kindergarten class and their second grade buddies are partnering with Sole Hope, a nonprofit organization based in North Carolina which puts closed toed shoes on African children. The children and their families formed an assembly line, cutting old jeans into a pattern that will be used to make the shoes.

“I think it’s great,” said Abby’s dad, Bob Press.  “It’s teaching them they can make a difference.”

Cutting out the shoe pieces is part of a service learning project for the entire year, which is designed to broaden the leadership skills of Ellington students, and expand their horizons.

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