The East Meadow School District’s Barnum Woods Elementary School took part in an Earth Day inspired shoe drive during May, successfully collecting 2,267 pairs of shoes for Wearable Collections.
Assistant Principal Harriet Alfano added an incentive for the students by offering to host a brunch, along with special guest Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., for the class with the most donations. The drive took place during the week of May 6 before Wearable Collections picked up the shoes on May 14. Wearable Collections is a New York City-based company focused on keeping clothing, textiles and shoes out of landfills.
By collecting a remarkable 355 pairs of shoes, Toni Ann Pelo’s first grade class earned the congratulatory brunch on June 5. In addition to welcoming Mrs. Alfano and Dr. Card, the class received a visit from Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia A. Cabana, who offered her gratitude to the students. Students explained to their guests that supportive family members and neighbors helped them collect the most shoes.
The district congratulates the Barnum Woods community for an outstanding community service project and effort.
Photo courtesy of the East Meadow School District