Pope Francis inspires Monsignor Slade Shoe Drive

Monsignor Slade Catholic School recently collected over 5,125 pairs of shoes in its "Feet for Francis" service project in honor of Pope Francis' recent visit to the United States. The shoe drive was organized by the fourth and fifth grade Student Council representatives and Mission Committee chair, teacher Sally Miller. Miller heard about the project at the Archdiocese of Baltimore Convocation. "I knew it was perfect for the Slade community," Miller said.

The students exceeded their initial goal of 2,500 shoes. Students rubber banded each pair of shoes and bagged them into 205 special packing bags which took two students to lift. A paper shoe cut-out was taped on the hall way for every donated pair. Funds2Orgs picked up the shoes. They will be refurbished and given to those in need in third world countries.

Monsignor Slade's drive accounted for more than 20 percent of the total shoes collected by school children thought the Archdiocese.

"Time and time again our students, staff and families exceed every goal set – this community is generous beyond belief when it comes to giving of ourselves to help those in need," said Principal Alexa Cox.

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