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Students raise awareness for cause of putting shoes on kids

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Sikeston Senior High School students Rachel Curvin and Mary Maddox walk through the quad barefoot on Tuesday. Several students participated in "One Day Without Shoes," a project through TOMS Shoes. Michelle Felter, Staff
SIKESTON -- For many Sikeston Senior High School students, Tuesday was "One Day Without Shoes."

"This day is sponsored by TOMS to raise awareness for the cause of putting shoes on kids in developing companies," said Ben Priday, a senior who organized the event.

A shoe and apparel business, TOMS is short for tomorrow, and has the slogan "Shoes for Tomorrow." Its business philosophy is to match, one for one, every pair of their shoes bought, by providing a pair to a shoeless child.

Right now, TOMS is giving shoes in 23 countries across four continents, and recently gave out its millionth pair.

Priday noted this is the second year SHS has participated in "One Day Without Shoes."

"I wanted to bring it to Sikeston because TOMS is an organization/business that I've felt really passionate about," he said. "I wanted to get Sikeston High School's focus outside of itself and into something more global, and on a broader scale than just in Sikeston."

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