Region 8 students collect shoes for African children

Region 8 students collect shoes for African children

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - A group of Region 8 children are making the lives of children a world away better.

Students in the Brookland School District have hit the ground running since coming back from Christmas vacation. They've been collecting shoes for children in other countries that don't have shoes.

Counselor Teressa Davis said the idea came up when they were looking for a speaker about anti-bullying.

Instead, they decided they wanted to do something positive and give the children a chance to help others.

They found the program "Think Kindness" and asked a representative to come and speak to the kids. The end result is an enormous amount of shoes for children in Africa.

"Just think, we are blessed and just think of how the other kids in Africa…they aren't as blessed as we are, so why don't you just help them feel better," said third grade student Cash Lenderman.

The Elementary School collected more than 4,000 shoes and the Middle School collected around 1,000.

The total number of shoes was around 5,500.

As part of Think Kindness, students are also doing 5,000 acts of kindness within 15 days and working on raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

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