Students ship shoes to Guatemala

After a two-month long shoe drive, McNair High School’s travel club sent 101 bags of shoes to Guatemala Feb. 25.
“That was a lot of shoes to pack up,” said Thomas Rivers III, McNair High School senior.

In partnership with The Funds2Orgs Group, the travel club sent 2,525 pairs of shoes to Guatemala. The shoe drive will also benefit other countries such as Haiti. The Feb. 25 sendoff was the first shipment. Students continued to collect shoes from donors throughout the first week of March and expect to send a second shipment.

Students load bags of shoes into a truck to ship to Guatemala Feb. 25. Photo by Taylor Robins.

“It feels very awesome,” Rivers said. “Actually doing something that doesn’t involve money or wealth, it just feels so great. I know it’s just shoes to us but to [those receiving them] it’s something even greater.”

Rivers said the shoe drive has made him become a better person after asking the community for donations and that his family is proud of him, “They encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing because it’s not only helping me out as a person but also helping people that need the shoes.”

The travel club conducted a previous shoe drive that resulted in 2,600 pairs of shoes shipped to Honduras, Bolivia, Ghana and Haiti. The idea to start shoe drives came when the club took a trip to Guatemala in 2016 to help build schools.

“I’m very proud to see the teamwork of the students,” said Maronda Hastie, McNair High School teacher and travel club leader. “I’m proud to see the leadership and how they contacted other companies to assist us. They got their families involved and the community, so it was definitely a collective effort. It was nice to see the final product and to see them make an impact.”


3 thoughts on “Students ship shoes to Guatemala

  • March 25, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    So proud of the work you and the students are doing at McNair High school. You have an outstanding group of teenagers willing to make change and positive impacts in their communities.

    • March 28, 2019 at 5:49 am

      There has been a collective effort from several organizations & student groups to reach our goal.
      Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy exposes the student leaders to impact through action.
      National Beta Club & National Honor Society Members enter competitions & make presentations.
      Speak Loud works with Global Innovators LLC to improve their communication & presentation skills.
      The student leaders are doing a good job of getting their peers & community involved! They want to improve the reputation of their school & they are willing to put in the work. View other student activities on

  • March 26, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Yes you do deserve TEACHER OF THE YEAR and also FRIEND OF THE YEAR!!


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