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Tuesday News

This Tuesday, we have news about SCCAP’s efforts to help local schoolchildren using stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Last Friday, SCCAP arranged for Steve Smith of Smith’s Shoes Center to go to Fairview Elementary with two of his employees and fit 30 students for new shoes. Each of these students will receive two pairs of shoes, a high-quality casual all-weather pair, like the ones pictured above, and a pair of New Balance sneakers. Smith’s Shoes provided a 15 percent discount to SCCAP on the price of the shoes.

The students were selected for this opportunity by Monroe County Community School Corp. social workers. They are receiving the shoes as part of a series of SCCAP initiatives this fall to help students with unmet needs that have been identified by the MCCSC and its individual schools.

“The kids were very excited,” said SCCAP Employment and Training Coordinator Taine Watkins, who organized the event along with Executive Director Todd Lare. “Some of them said they’d never had their feet measured before.”

SCCAP thanks Fairview Principal Karen Adams, Assistant Principal Trudy Litz and Social Workers Bronwyn Shroyer and Dee Chastain for their help in making this donation of shoes possible.

In addition to the shoes, SCCAP is providing a number of items to schools to be distributed to children who need them: backpacks, hygiene kits, socks and underwear, t-shirts, pencils and pens, kleenex and lice kits. It is also providing gym shoes that can be borrowed by kids who don’t have any for gym class and winter boots for those who come to class without suitable shoes to wear for recess in the winter.

Next week, SCCAP will have shopping days in Monroe and Morgan counties to help students who don’t have adequate supplies for school. This will assist students who have been identified with this need by social workers in both counties. It will build upon the public shopping days that SCCAP already held in which about 2,200 students in Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties received up to $100 in school supplies.

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