With the cooperation of the Shoe Show store in the Walmart shopping center, the Georgetown Rotary Club sponsored a service project called “Happy Feet”. The Rotary program was designed to provide new shoes for approximately 80 boys and girls in K thru 2nd grades attending schools in the Georgetown County School District. Anne Hartis, Director of Service Projects for the Georgetown Rotary Club, said, “The program is designed to help families with younger children. It was so great to see how excited the kids were about purchasing a new pair of shoes and being able to wear their new shoes to school. Rotary is all about service and we believe this is a tangible example of service to our community.”
Coordinating with guidance counselors and principals at five Georgetown County schools, students were selected by the schools and letters of invitation given to the students. On a Saturday, October 7, the Club partnered with the staff at the local Shoe Show store for a three hour period for the students to come and pick out their pair of shoes. The Georgetown Rotarians along with the Shoe Show store staff fit the students, helped them shop and then checked them out at the register designated for the project.
Shoe Show Manager Nikki Edwards said, “This project was awesome and so much fun. It was great for our store, the Georgetown Rotary Club and the community. Everything went so smoothly, and the kids were so excited. It was a great day, and we were excited to be able to host this. It is a wonderful project!”
Nat Kaminski, President of the Georgetown Rotary Club, said the service project was partially funded by a Rotary District Grant. “It was a wonderful way to help young people in need as well as a great way for Rotarians to get together to do good in the community,” said Kaminski.
Pictured in the photo: From left, Rotarians Alan Walters, Sam Hamilton, Shoe Show staff Keshawn Keith, Krista Simmons, Whitney “Nikki” Edwards, Sabrina Casselman, Hillary Caddell, Joyce Messinger, and Rotarians Anne Hartis, and Ed Kimbourgh