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Students Make Denim Shoes for Those in Need

Elementary students in Clinton, Iowa are upcycling old denim to make shoes for Sole Hope, an organization that provides homemade shoes to help ward off the effects of the sand flea prominent in sub-Saharan Africa and South America.

Bluff Elementary School students is will hold a Sole Hope shoe-cutting party to help those in need on March 23, reported the Clinton Herald.

Students will trace and cut out shoe patterns from jeans donated by a local church. The cloth will travel to North Carolina and then be distributed in Uganda.

“Right now, it looks like we’re well on our way to being able to provide more than 200 pairs of shoes,” Lavina Engle, event organizer and Bluff counselor told the Clinton Herald. “The students watched a video associated with Sole Hope and they couldn’t imagine not having a pair of shoes to wear all the time. The fact that they could help other kids just like them, that’s an idea that the students really attached to.”