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District Raising Money for Edith Kaplan Scholarship Fund through Shoe Drive

The Mount Vernon City School District, in conjunction with the Mount Vernon City School District parent liaisons, conducted a three-week long shoe drive fundraiser to raise funds for the Edith Kaplan Scholarship Fund.

The shoe drive officially ended June 4. The District collected 2,418 pairs of shoes, only 82 pairs away from its goal of 2,500 pairs.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Michelle Raio, Mount Vernon PTA Treasurer and Shoe Drive Fundraiser Chair. “We knew that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raised money for the Edith Kaplan Scholarship Fund, and we had the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The MV PTA Council will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit the District’s high school seniors who are awarded the Edith Kaplan Scholarship.

All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (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. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.