Christian Heritage School students will take their shoes off for classes today to help raise awareness and collect black shoes as part of the global One Day Without Shoes. Student Council members including, font row from left, Shealie Jenkins, Lilli Turton, Emily Heiner, Melodie Houston, Jane Robey, Paige Eivins, Andre Buccino and David Kissane, and back row from left, Matthew Jones and Ryan Hall will be among the students taking part in today’s barefoot effort.

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Christian Heritage School students will take their shoes off for classes today to help raise awareness and collect black shoes as part of the global One Day Without Shoes. Student Council members including, font row from left, Shealie Jenkins, Lilli Turton, Emily Heiner, Melodie Houston, Jane Robey, Paige Eivins, Andre Buccino and David Kissane, and back row from left, Matthew Jones and Ryan Hall will be among the students taking part in today’s barefoot effort.

Christian Heritage in Steamboat collecting shoes for African students

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To donate a pair of gently used or new black shoes, drop them off at Christian Heritage School, 27285 Brandon Circle, just west of Steamboat Springs city limits. For more information, call the school at 970-879-1760.

— Many Christian Heritage School students and staff members will go barefoot today as they try to raise awareness and collect black shoes as part of the global One Day Without Shoes.

Christian Heritage School’s high school students will deliver the shoes they collect this week to the Wakiso Christian International Academy in Uganda during a mission trip scheduled for April 2012. The Wakiso Christian International Academy was started by the local nonprofit organization Come, Let’s Dance.

Sophomore Jane Robey hatched the idea to raise awareness and collect shoes for the students in Uganda after traveling with her family this past December to Uganda to volunteer with Come, Let’s Dance.

“It was the best experience of my entire life,” Robey said. “It was a different experience than what you get to experience in America. Building relationships with people down there, seeing what life is like and being able to help in any way possible is kind of what touched me.”

After coming across One Day Without Shoes online, she wanted to enlist her classmates’ help. She approached Christian Heritage Administrator Dave Entwistle and the Student Council. Both supported the idea.

“My desire is our kids would have more of an understanding what a lot of our world is like, an awareness of the needs out there and how much we were blessed,” Entwistle said. “I thought Jane’s was a great idea.”

Student Council member Lilli Turton, a sophomore, said she thought the school’s participation in One Day Without Shoes would be pretty cool.

“I think a lot of people are going to do it,” she said. “The elementary is going to do it, too. It’s going to be the whole school without shoes.”

The students will collect black shoes all week. Robey said the shoes have to be all black for the Ugandan students to be able to wear them to school. She said small white logos are OK because they can be blacked out. She also said the shoes could be lightly used.

Entwistle said they would love donations from the community.

Steamboat resident Shane Gilbert, founder of Come, Let’s Dance, said she met with the students recently and was impressed with their desire to help others. She said it wasn’t a school requirement or something planned by the school that they agreed to go along with.

“They really want to be part of changing the world and that’s the coolest thing I can imagine,” she said. “What incredible adults they’re going to make if that’s where their hearts are now.”

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-0871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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