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Purple Sage Elementary gathers shoes for the poor

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on October 27, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:20 PM

Purple Sage "Shoe Drive" generates close to 1000 pairs of shoes!

I noticed an e-mail recently in my inbox that stood out, and I thought you would enjoy reading it too! It's from Betty Solomon, she's the librarian at Purple Sage Elementary School in the Middleton School District.


"Just thought I should brag a bit! Each year it seems that we have students come to me and ask if they can do a "drive" to help out the less fortunate. This year, Rosendahl's Shoe Center was running a drive to collect used shoes for the Boise Rescue Mission. The owners of Rosendahl's have two boys at our school. The boys asked their dad if they could have the school collect shoes, then they came to me.

We have collected shoes for the last week and a half, with the class bringing in the most shoes earning a pizza party. During that time we collected 801 pairs of shoes, and the winning class brought in 179 pairs of shoes!

Rosendahls has been collecting shoes at Gold's Gyms and at tailgate parties for BSU football games. Purple Sage brought in more than half of all the shoes collected for the Rescue Mission!

Just thought you should know what neat kids we have in the Middleton School District."

Betty Solomon
School Librarian
Purple Sage Elementary School


Betty also tells me they had just one barrel in the hall at school, and it was filled eight or ten times! The shoes had to be picked up daily because there were so many of them... just think how many people will benefit from this shoe drive!

This morning, they are holding a special assembly at school to celebrate this incredible achievement.