Going back to school is being made a little easier for some local elementary school students in need in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
This week 1,000 pairs of new Nike running shoes are being delivered to elementary schools in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead as part of the Shoes for Kids program. This is the third year in a row that the program has donated 1,000 free running shoes to deserving kids in local schools.
This video shows shoes being delivered to West Fargo’s Freedom Elementary in 2013.
This year $1 was donated from each Fargo Marathon Friday Night 5K registration. Friday Night 5K co-sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Discovery Benefits and the Dakota Medical Foundation matched donations to help provide shoes to local kids.
Online donations and additional funds this year helped raise enough money to purchase 1,500 new pairs of Nike shoes at a steep discount. The remaining shoes will be provided to schools later in the school year as they run out of their initial supply.
The new shoes are provided to students, often kids in financial need, by teachers who notice children in need of appropriate running shoes.
As The Official Sponsor of Recess, we are proud to be part of the Shoes for Kids program. We think all children, regardless of their family’s financial situation, deserve the opportunity to be active. We support programs like this that remove barriers to help North Dakotans live healthier lives.
Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.