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Marshall High School DECA group to benefit Soles4Souls

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

From left, Analee Tucker, Kendra Castle and Savannah Simpson are organizing a Soles 4 Souls drive to collect shoes for those in need. The three are members of Marshall High School's DECA chapter.
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Marshall High School students Savanna Simpson, Kendra Castle and Analee Tucker are hoping to donate at least 1,000 pairs of shoes to the Soles4Souls organization based in Tennessee.

The three girls are part of DECA, a marketing club at MHS.

"We're starting Nov. 14, all around the community and in the local schools collecting shoes to go to people that don't have any," Simpson said.

Simpson had previously held a Soles4Souls shoe drive two years ago while attending St. Peter Catholic School. Her goal had been 750 pairs, and she managed to collect 800 in two weeks.

Tucker said they hope to collect at least 1,000 pairs over the course of a month. Castle agreed, saying their timeframe was double that of Simpson's previous drive.

The group decided Soles4Souls was a good organization to benefit because it is something everyone can participate in.

"If they have shoes (already) it doesn't cost them anything to donate to us," Simpson elaborated.

"We hope everyone really realizes with us doing this project just how important little things like shoes are," Tucker said. "We take it for granted, but other people don't have it."

The Soles4Souls project is for a contest with the club.

"We take this to a competition," Tucker said. "We were looking through the categories and found community service, so we decided to do this."

The competition requires the girls to document everything they do for the project, create a 20-minute presentation, write a 30-page paper and somehow incorporate their entire DECA club into the project.

On Nov. 14 at MHS, students will participate in "Barefoot for an Hour" as a way to experience a small portion of life like those who don't have shoes to wear.

Simpson said they had hoped to do "Barefoot for a Day," but were not able to get it approved.

Other groups within DECA are going to present their projects at the district's competition in Independence. Some examples of other projects are Fairy Prom Mothers and Readers make Leaders.

The drive will be held Nov. 14 through Dec. 14, and shoes can be dropped off at any of the schools within the district, St. Peter's Church, Missouri Valley College, Viking Athletic Goods, Fitzgibbon Hospital and 20/20 Optical. Donations of new or used shoes are appreciated. Money donations are accepted and are tax deductible.

For more information contact Analee Tucker at 660-631-0642 or Kendra Castle at 660-631-1749.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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What a wonderful project!

-- Posted by litlmissme on Wed, Nov 14, 2012, at 6:16 PM

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