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Lenoir County students take part in statewide competition with shoe drive

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KINSTON, Lenoir County - Students in the Technology Student Association at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School are taking a big step toward participating in the North Carolina Technology Student Association competition by conducting a shoe drive.

Proceeds from the shoe drive will help offset costs of the statewide competition. Students will earn money from Funds2Orgs based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected.

"People that don't have shoes can get them because sometimes people have more shoes than they need," TSA member Logan Johnson said. "We get shoes that are worn out but not too worn out."

Shoes should be dropped off at the school, located at 3400 Ferrell Road in Kinston. Pick-ups can be arranged by calling Stephanie Harrell, the TSA advisor at the school.

All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of small business partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families.

"We are excited about our shoe drive," Harrell said. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for our TSA, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone."

The Technology Student Association is a student organization dedicated to teaching technology education to young people. In its second year at CSS, its mission is to inspire student members to prepare for careers in a technology-driven economy and culture.

Donations of gently worn, used and new shoes to the Contentnea-Savannah TSA will give the shoes a second chance and make a difference in people's lives around the world, Harrell said.

So far, the students at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School have collected over 100 pairs of shoes, but they are trying to get many more. The fundraiser is ongoing until November 20.

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