Shoe donation helps Rialto students put best foot forward for summer

Courtesy photo Preston Elementary School Principal, Robin McMillon, helps a student put on his new shoes donated through Santa Claus Inc. Rialto Unified School district received 4,000 pairs of shoes as part of the donation to be distributed to elementary and middle students.

While triple-digit temperatures make Christmas nowhere in sight, Santa and his elves are still hard at work making every season, especially for Rialto students and area youngsters.

Elementary and middle schoolers in the Rialto Unified School District were among thousands of children throughout three other area school districts–Colton Joint Unified , Redlands Unified and San Bernardino City Unified–who received a new pair of shoes as part of a donation from Santa Claus Inc.

The San Bernardino-based nonprofit provided 27,000 new pairs of Skechers BOBS shoes in total for the four districts. It was part of a distribution through K.I.D.S. (Kids In Distress Situations) to the nonprofit, which then delivered the shoes to the local school districts.

In Rialto, the special summer shoe delivery on May 2 had a group of Preston Elementary kindergarteners anxious to slip into their new kicks, but they all made it clear, that they couldn’t wear them to school.

“You can get a thorn inside and hurt your feet,” said six-year-old Itzel Reynosa about the shoes.

The Skechers BOBS donated were a sling-back style shoe that school officials encouraged students to wear during off-school hours, but there was no fret that they would go unused.

“An extra pair of shoes makes a big difference to a family in need,” said Angela Brantley, senior coordinator of student welfare and attendance.

“Everything helps.”

For students like five-year-old Leilani Simes, the new shoes were a pre-birthday gift.

“I’m wearing them on my birthday May 16,” said Lelani. “I’m wearing them all summer, too.”

Rialto Unified received a total of 4,032 pairs of Skechers BOBS ranging in toddler sizes to size 8 in adults benefiting students at 19 elementary schools as well as some middle schools.


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