Project Shoe (Stepping Up Not Handing Out)

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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 or click here for donation form.

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Project Shoe News

Kiwanis Club of RHE Project Shoe 2023

Project Shoe | September 9, 2023

Forty-Eight 1st and 2nd grade children gathered at Skechers in Gardena to receive school shoes and supplies.  The children were from The Boys and Girls Club of Harbor City and the Volunteers of America.  The Kiwanis of Rolling Hills Estates has teamed with Skechers for the last three years in support of the underserved children […]

Project Shoe 2022 - Kiwanis Club of RHE

Project Shoe 2022

On September 10th, 2022 the Kiwanis Club of RHE held their annual Project Shoe program at Sketchers in Gardena. Fifty underserved children from our community received school shoes and supplies. The children, from the Boys and Girls Club and Volunteers of America, ranged in age from 2 to 6 years old. We would like to […]

Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates Project Shoe 2020

Project Shoe | Sept 12, 2020

Project Shoe continued in September for the 36th consecutive year, thanks to the resourcefulness and creative solutions of KRHE members and Skechers. Richard Sherman, who initiated Project Shoe over 35 years ago, coordinated with South Bay representatives from Volunteers of America, the Boys & Girls Club and the LA Airforce Base to give twenty-five 1st […]

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, received a pair of shoes […]