In an effort to raise money for more inclusive playground equipment, Westmere Elementary is holding a sneaker fundraiser.
Partnering with GotSneakers, a sneaker recycling organization, Westmere will earn approximately $1 for every pair of sneakers accepted. This fundraising program is aimed towards the collection of wearable, reusable sneakers, athletic sneakers and athletic cleats.
The elementary school and organization kindly ask school community members to NOT send any non-athletic footwear, ALL sneakers and athletic cleats are welcome.
Collection bins can be found locally, in Westmere Elementary School’s front office, along with VENT Fitness and M & T Bank (Western Avenue).
“Here at Westmere, we’re all really excited about this as a way to raise some money for some new playground pieces, and while doing some good! We know that most people have extra shoes in their closet, and with a lot of fall sports starting up, students may be getting new shoes/sizes,” said Westmere
Elementary School Principal Beth Bini.
All footwear collected is counted and sorted at a GotSneakers regional facility. The shoes are categorized based on size, style and condition, and subsequently packed for distribution around the world, primarily to impoverished countries such as Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ukraine.