Beginning today October 2, 2012 through the 16th, the Monticello Middle School will enter their second season of the Making a Difference Initiative by collecting 4000 pairs of shoes to help the impoverished children of Uganda Africa. Last year, the school collected over 10,000 items and this year they have focused their efforts to accomplishing the ambitious goal of collecting 4,000 pairs of shoes. The current record is held by St. Michael Albertville (STMA) Middle School West of 3140 pairs of shoes collected.
Shoes make a difference in the lives of kids who survive on horrible terrains barefoot. The boys and girls of Monticello middle school are learning to be global citizens as and they believe that little gestures bring about big changes especially when it is comes to saving lives and promoting its quality. Shoes do exactly that in the lives of the boys and girls living in the poor villages of Sub-Saharan Africa. The students of Monticello M.S are proud to make a difference in the lives of their peers in the remotes corners of the world.
We urge more schools to get involved in this great tool of both teaching our children to become responsible global citizens and empowering them to make a difference in the world. Children can learn to appreciate their abundance and learn how to use what may otherwise be put to waste, to change someone’s life with. By engaging young men and women in these kinds of community service activities early in life, we teach them to embrace the attitude of shared sacrifice to make the world a better place while exposing them to different aspects of different cultures other than theirs – gently grooming their curiosty to learn and grow.