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Fleet Feet Roanoke’s Project Forward launches effort to provide socks and shoes for needy students

Fleet Feet Roanoke owner Robin Lewis stopped by our studios to talk on WZBJ24 about the Back to School Shoes Project
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 9:11 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Every child should have a good pair of shoes to get them started off on the right foot at the beginning of the school year.

That’s the mission of the Back to School Shoes Project through Fleet Feet Roanoke’s Project Forward. It will provide new shoes and new socks to students who attend Roanoke City Public Schools’ Back to School Extravaganza.

The Back to School Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at William Fleming High School.

According to data from the Virginia Department of Education, RCPS has more than 14,000 students. Currently, 8,000 students identify as economically disadvantaged.

So far, Project Forward has raised $55,000 toward it’s $240,000 goal.

A donation of $30 provides a pair of brand new, name-brand shoes and socks for one student. A donation of $300 provides the same for 10 students.

Project Forward is accepting cash or check donations at Fleet Feet, or checks can be mailed to: Project Forward c/o Fleet Feet 4347 Franklin Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Online donations can be made on Fleet Feet Roanoke’s website.

You can also like and follow Project Forward on Facebook.

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