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High school serves foster children with shoes

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The Academies at Jonesboro High School Choral Music Department found a unique way to combine theater with community service.

Last year the group participated in Child Abuse Awareness month by putting on the “Pajama Game” while taking in pajama donations for foster children that are in need of more clothing.

This year, they teamed up with the national organization, Shoes That Fit, and did the same thing but with a Cinderella spin.

“This year we tagged it as shoes, to go along with that glass slipper that fits and they are back,” said Chrissy Holmes, JHS choral director. “So it's really nice to know that children, when they are in the foster care system, will have pajamas from last year and shoes from this year.”

Keerthi Harikrishnan, played Joy in Cinderella, said also caring for foster children is very important.

“Not only are we performing something, we are also showing that we love the community,” said Harikrishnan. “And we care for them and we care for the children that come and just want to see Cinderella.”

The whole purpose behind the event is to ensure that children who often come with only the clothes on their backs to the Department of Human Services' Division of Children and Family Services Foster Care Program have a new pair of shoes.

“I think it is so amazing that these people step up and take care of these children,” said Gianna Hudson, who played Cinderella. “They deserve a home, and so I think that anything that we can do to help is, I want to help, anything I can do. And they're amazing kids.”

The cast, crew, and parents of Cinderella are asking people from April 1-16 to bring new shoes and drop them off in the boxes at the JHS Center for the Performing Arts.

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