Project Shoe

Project Shoe (Stepping Up Not Handing Out)

 

Kiwanis of Rolling Hills Estates Project ShoeProject Shoe is unique in that although the program provides shoes and school supplies to the children of the poor in our community, the program strives to develop, within the children, an understanding that this is a helping hand and not a handout.

Project Shoe could very well be the first attempt to impact the children’s attitudes of an exaggerated or unrealistic belief about what one deserves, being raised to believe that it is their right to have everything given to them. Unfortunately, greater entitlement has been associated with poorer academic performance that leads to the cycle of poverty that we see in the poorer segments of our community.

The program builds on improving self-esteem and changing their attitudes toward learning. The students that participate in Project Shoe range in age from 2 to 6 years old and are all eligible for free school lunches. Due to the limited income of the families, the children’s experiences and extracurricular activities are limited. The majority of the parents are not high school graduates. As a result they face challenges just to support their children. These children are already starting out with a low self-esteem resulting in a low success rate. Project Shoe provides the children with an experience of a lifetime and hopefully a chance to change their future.

Kiwanis of Rolling Hills Estates Project ShoeThe children are bused to a local Payless Shoe store where Kiwanis and store personnel help pick out shoes for the children. The selection of the children is coordinated through the Volunteers of America and the Boys & Girls Clubs, who choose the neediest children. The children also receive back packs, a snack, school supplies, books, paper, pencils, socks, etc. To entertain the children during the process there is a D.J., dance contests, and a clown. The whole program is an upbeat and motivating experience.

The project objective is to have the children feel much better about themselves by having a decent pair of shoes to attend school. It is a basic need and we provide it, but we also ask the children to do a chore for their family after receiving the shoes so that they realize the value of the shoes and that this is not a hand out or an entitlement. Finally we use the time to bond to the children and providing role models. The program is held once a year just before school starts.

If you would like to learn more about the program please contact Richard Sherman at shermanpianoman@socal.rr.com or click here for donation form.

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Project Shoe News

Project Shoe 2018

On Saturday September 8th the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates held their annual Project Shoe Program at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance. Seventy Five children ages 2 through 6 years, from the local Harbor City Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers of America, and children from military families,…

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Project Shoe 2017

On Saturday September 9th the Kiwanis of RHE held their annual Project Shoe Program at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance. Ninety one pairs of school shoes, backpacks and school supplies were given out to children from the Boys and Girls clubs, Volunteers of America and children from military…

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Project Shoe 2016

Each year the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates hosts a children’s school shoe party.  This year Project Shoe was held on September 10th at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance. The children are from the local Boys and Girls Club, ranging in age from 5 and 7 years,…

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Photos | 2015 Project Shoe

On September 19, 2015 the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates and PV Peninsula High School Key Club & Kiwins gathered at PayLess Shoe Source in Torrance to provide new school shoes for a group of children from VOA of Harbor City & B&GC of LA Harbor. Click photo to view…

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