There are nearly 3,000 documented homeless students attending schools in Hillsborough County. It never occurred to most that something as seemingly simple as access to sneakers could be a barrier to education. That’s why in an ongoing effort, HCC, USF Athletics Dept., Hillsborough County Public Schools, Simply Healthcare, and Volunteer Ministries is working with Project LINK, a Tampa-based nonprofit, to support their “Music To My Feet” sneaker campaign – A Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day Project hosted by Plant High School.
The goal is to promote an MLK Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” through activities involving the community to get involve and donate new or gently used sneakers along with new socks throughout the month of January leading up to the main drop-off date on Saturday January 26th, 2019. The sneaker drive event day will include Plant High marching band, dissemination of educational information on footcare and demonstrations on injury prevention, along with refreshments for donors and volunteers. Donated sneakers will be distributed to school social workers and charity organizations that work directly with families to ensure that most, if not all homeless students receive a new pair of sneakers and socks to keep them motivated, comfortable, and maintain proper footcare during the school year.
Drop off locations:
▪ Just Full-Service Center: 1315 West Spruce St., Tampa FL 33607
▪ Plant High School: 2415 S Himes Ave, Tampa, FL 33629 (Event Site)
Sneaker Drive runs until event date | Saturday, Jan 26th, 2019. Event Time: 11am – 1pm.
It’s been observed that many students are wearing shoes that are falling apart, often the wrong size, and worn to the point of causing pain or preventing participation in athletic activities. And then there are circumstances where there are students who don’t have any footwear, whose parents had no choice, but to keep them home.
About Project LINK
Project LINK is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting academic achievement, expanding access to community service providers via case management focusing on self-sufficiency for parents that reside in Hillsborough County. For more information visit – www.project-link.org