Shoes for Water Drive
Shoes for Water Drive
Tonya Varnell
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Paris Middle School will once again participate in a very important service project this spring. Karla Allen from Ozarks Water Project visited with PMS students about how they can help get clean, safe water to people in need on a global scale by donating used shoes. Students have begun collecting used but wearable, clean shoes this week through May 11th to donate to Ozarks Water Project. OWP in turn will sell these shoes to a company who will provide the shoes to those in need. The money they receive will be used to dig wells and install water pumps and filtration systems in villages in Haiti, Uganda and Kenya.

While visiting PMS, Ms. Allen explained to students that in Haiti, girls have to walk six hours a day to obtain water that is murky. The school's shoes donation will help fund wells that will provide safe drinking water instead.

Donations can be dropped off at the PMS office during school hours. Shoes should be brought in individual plastic bags to keep them together for count purposes. Shoes should be used, wearable and clean. Community donations are welcome. The PMS goal is to collect 2000 pairs of shoes. If this goal is met or exceeded, Mrs. Theresa (Daniels) Taylor will carry around a large water jug on her head during Field Day to help raise awareness. Thanks for your support!