William M. Meredith Home and School Association Launches Shoe Collection Drive to Raise Money for STEM Programming . The shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce pollution in landfills.
William M. Meredith Home and School Association is conducting a shoe drive from November 4, 2016 – January 16, 2017 (MLK Day) to raise funds for school-wide STEM programming and equipment. STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied learning approach, focused on educating students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. William M. Meredith Home & School Association will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected, which will be purchased by the non-profit organization Funds2Orgs. The money earned for the school will be put towards programming and equipment, such as smart boards for all classroom learning as well as 3D printers for student use. The entire community is asked to help by donating gently worn, used, or new shoes to William M. Meredith School, 725 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school!
By donating *gently worn, used and new shoes to the William M. Meredith Home & School Association, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.
*All types/styles of shoes will be accepted.