Sole to Soul Project Launches

Monday, November 16, 2009

University of West Georgia Early Childhood Education student, Kalee Thompson of Douglasville, developed her Humane Education Project, Sole to Soul, this semester at the UWG Newnan Center.

The project began as an assignment requiring students to design lesson plans that teach memorable and lasting life lessons for elementary school-aged students.

Thompson introduced Sole to Soul to students in a first grade classroom at the Arbor Springs Elementary School in Coweta County. The project quickly grew to include the entire school with students collecting and donating about 190 gently used shoes throughout the month of October.

The project included interdisciplinary lesson plans developed by Thompson and a book titled “Running Shoes” by Frederick Lipp.

The story describes a young girl in Cambodia who had no shoes and longed to go to school to learn to read and write. After receiving a pair of sneakers, she was finally able to attend the school eight kilometers from her home. A pair of old shoes changed her life.

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This is the first in a series of stories highlighting opportunities in community service on and off campus.