Osseo (WQOW) - Dozens of area students are stepping up a new effort at their school to help make shoes for children in Africa.
On Tuesday morning, students from Osseo-Fairchild High School traced, cut and assembled patterns to make more than 100 shoe kits. Tera Simpson, a teacher who coordinated the volunteer effort at the school, said a shoe kit contains various cut-outs of denim patches for the heels and toes and milk jugs for heel support. She said more than 200 pairs of jeans and more than 300 milk jugs were donated from community members to make the kits. Simpson said the kits will be sent to Uganda to be assembled by workers in order to create shoes for toddlers to wear and protect their feet from parasites and infections.
Some high school students said Tuesday's project is a way for them to work together on making a difference in young children's lives across the world. Jenna Bischoff, a junior, said she thinks the project is a neat idea. "There's some kids that I heard they didn't have shoes and they needed something to protect their feet. They have foot issues, so it's just to make them stay healthy."
Hattie Frieburg, a senior, said she is excited to be a part of a project that benefits young children and their health. “In Uganda, they assemble them there so it creates jobs as well. In Uganda, they use recycled tires to finish the shoes."
Organizers said this is the first year they've brought the volunteering effort to their school. They plan to send out the shoe kits on Wednesday.