Every student and teacher at Meridian Elementary School received a new pair of shoes today thanks to a local church.

Real Life Ministries teamed up with Fleet Feet Sports to donate more than 450 pairs of shoes.

The church collected more than $13,000 to fund the "Kicks for Kids" program and Fleet Feet provided the shoes at wholesale cost.

"The volunteers continue to talk about how it's life changing to get down on the kids' level, see them face to face and give them a brand new pair of shoes, and really the statement we want to send to these kids is they're worth investing in," said Real Life Ministries Pastor Justin Jordan.

Volunteers with Fleet Feet Sports were on hand today while shoes were being handed out to make sure everyone was fitted right.