One Day Without Shoes was celebrated at St. Mary’s School on April 8 as a day to bring global awareness to children’s health and education by going without shoes.
The seventh grade class paid $1 to go barefoot in school for the day.
The seventh grade girls gathered at the end of the school day to talk about their barefoot experience of the day.
Because of the chilly temperatures most chose to go in stocking feet and many were appalled at the dirt their socks had picked up during the school day.
There are some places in the world where going barefoot is widely accepted. But when children are affected by disease and illness, or unable to attend school due to inadequate footwear, it is not about a cultural preference, but about the need for protection.
Almost $30 was collected by the seventh grade class which will go toward the sponsor child St. Mary’s School has adopted from Guatemala to help with expenses that may include buying a new pair of shoes.
To read about several of the students’ experience going barefoot for the school day see the Inquiring Photographer on page 4 of the print edition.