“Who is ready for new shoes?”
Every single student at Tilley Elementary School in Fresno was ready for new shoes, and all 478 of them got a brand new pair for free.
“These are my old shoes, these are my new shoes,” a student says.
It was a Thursday morning of cheers, laughter and priceless smiles. Students were beyond excited to show off what they had just recieved.
And what a difference one pair of shoes can make.
“My shoes, they’ve last me the whole year, but they are kind of worn out so yea I would really like a new pair,” says fourth grader Seth Jaroch.
“Are you ready to see your new shoes?” asks parent Shannon Jaroch. “I have three kids, three growing kids, I mean not that we can’t afford it, but it helps. A lot of families here can’t afford shoes and things like that. You know they put food in the table before they can clothe or shoe their kids.”
The shoes were handed out by the McMurray family, whose donation made this surprise possible.
“Lou and Dena McMurray, we really appreciate what they’ve done. They’ve taken a great spot within our school district and within our valley and donated to them. And these kids are not going to forget this,” says Ketti Davis, assistant superintendent for the Central Unified School District.
The family partnered up with the nonprofit “Shoes That Fit.” Last year alone, the organization delievered new shoes to approximately 131,000 children.
“We hope that by getting this brand new pair of shoes that they will sit up straighter in class, that they will run and jump on the playground and more importantly that the will be on par with the rest of their peers and know that they can reach their highest potential,” says Nekeda Newell Hall, vice president with Shoes That Fit.