Many students at my school have very old shoes that make it difficult for them to participate at recess and in physical education because the comfort and support level is no longer in the shoe. This year, a shoe closet was created in the gym office for any students who come to school needing a better pair of sneakers to wear during the day at recess and P.E. class time. They may either borrow a pair for the day and return the shoes, or they may take the shoes with them if the need them for a longer period of time. Because the shoe closet was created, a larger number of students have been able to participate better and be more active at recess.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
Flyers and social media posts were created and sent out asking for new or gently used sneakers/gym-type shoes in all sizes for both boys and girls.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
Finding a wide variety of sizes continues to be a struggle, but having a list of "sizes needed" signs helps. Students, teachers, and parent are able to drop off shoes at any time during the day in a box labeled donated shoes in the gym office.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
Students are more willing to participate and "play" more when comfortable. It is crazy how a shoe can keep a student from being active. With the small change in shoes, students have been more active and want to play.
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