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Heart and Sole: Calgary teens host sneaker drive for Northern Alberta School

 

Shoe Drive for Chateh: For all the Places You’ll Go! (L-R) Breanne Bauer, Tanya Lui, Savanna Jordan
Shoe Drive for Chateh: For all the Places You’ll Go! (L-R) Breanne Bauer, Tanya Lui, Savanna Jordan

Upon learning that many kids in the aboriginal community of Chateh, Alberta played sports in socked feet, tenth-graders Breanne Bauer, Tanya Lui, and Savanna Jordan from William Aberhart High School were inspired by a recent community partnership to make a difference of their own. The students had been challenged through the Empowering Minds™ ConneX program to find innovative ways to do good for others. In response, the trio launched a wildly successful sneaker drive to help the kids in Chateh lace up and play safe.

Building on a recent student-led initiative that raised over $8,000 of sporting equipment for Chateh, The Shoe Drive for Chateh: For All the Places You’ll Go, collected over 5,000 pairs of new and gently used sneakers for kids at Dene Tha’ Community Story_ChatehSneakerDriveSchool. This impressive feat is what the ConneX program, sponsored by Tervita, is all about. By challenging young people like Breanna, Tanya, and Savanna to turn their passion into positive change, the program builds teens’ self-confidence and leadership abilities.

The sneakers will be delivered to Chateh and several other communities in need through a partnership with Alberta’s Promise. Partnership manager Nathan Cross led the inaugural delivery of donated sneakers from Calgary to Edmonton, where he met with Carlito Somera, Vice Principal of Dene Tha’ Community School to transfer the goods for the remainder of the 1000 kilometers north.

If you’re a business looking for opportunities to give back or partners with whom to connect, get in touch with Alberta’s Promise. We can make your community investment easy.

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