O.C. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, O.C. Taylor Elementary School students collected shoes to donate to GRACE (Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange) and Nike for recycling.
Students collected 89 pairs of shoes: 67 pairs were deemed “give-able” and will be donated to GRACE while 22 were deemed “grind-able” and will be sent to NIKE.
Principal David Kinney said he was proud of his students’ effort.
The school kicked off its Earth Week celebrations on April 17. Activities included:
April 17: Kick off Earth Week included putting out shoe collection bins for GRACE and Nike shoe recycling. The bins remained in the lobby until Friday.
April 17: A Collect Earth Day pledge leaves campaign involved students writing Earth pledges such as “I will use refillable water bottles” and “I will recycle my papers.”
April 18: Tip Your Hat to Recycling day gave students the opportunity to make hats entirely of recycled items at home and wear them to school.
April 18: Students were asked to cut carbon emissions by walking to school.
April 21: Students were asked to Go Green by wearing green. They also were asked to bring lunches in reusable containers for the No Trash Lunch Challenge.
April 22 (Earth Day): Students were asked to wear blue in honor of Keep Our Oceans Blue and Stay Cool.
The shoe collection continued until Friday, and students and parents sorted shoes on Friday afternoon, preparing them for delivery to GRACE.
GRACE is a Grapevine-based non-profit relief agency that provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other vital necessities to people who are struggling with a limited income or recent emergency. The philosophy of GRACE is that encouraging self-sufficiency will, in turn, encourage community cohesiveness.