By RICK HAYES email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — A local church and business is teaming up to provide Jefferson County students with a little extra kick in their step.
Kingdom Seed Ministries and Shoe Stop, Inc. are preparing for their second annual “Happy Feet” fundraising campaign. The campaign has started with the church asking for donations from local businesses. For a donation, businesses can have their name featured on Happy Feet merchandise and advertising promotions. Donors giving by April 18 will have their name printed on the back of the promotional T-shirts.
The second phase of
the program includes various fundraisers and venues, such as Mt. Vernon Market Days.
Monte Jo Clark, spokeswoman for Kingdom Seed Ministries, said a major fundraiser is in the works, although she could not divulge details at this time. Ina Grade School, where Clark is superintendent, will again have a walk-a-thon.
“We encourage other schools to partner with us,” Clark said. “Last year, the Student Council sponsored the walk-a-thon but we would like to have other schools join us in fundraising activities. Any money they collect will stay in their district.” Clark added 100 percent of all fundraising efforts received go toward buying shoes for Jefferson County kids.
Once all the fundraising has been completed, vouchers will be presented to county schools that will be distributed on their early registration day.
“Then parents bring the voucher to our Back to School bash at Kingdom Seeds (in August) and they can turn in the vouchers for gym shoes,” Clark explained.
Clark added all the shoes are new and several quality name brands are available.
“We want high quality shoes that are going to last and by partnering with Shoe Stop, it allows us to purchase quality shoes at a discounted price,” Clark said.
The church and Shoe Stop was able to provide 500 pairs of gym shoes to Jefferson County at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
“We want to make it much bigger and better this year,” Clark said.
The church is located at 118 N. Ninth Street, but will soon be moving to the east side of the courthouse square at 118 S. Ninth Street. Shoe Stop is in the Rend Lake College Marketplace on Potomac Boulevard.