Churchill Parliament aiming high to beat record
Churchill students drag a line of shoes over to the other side of the field.
When the Churchill High School Parliament (student council) brainstormed about what their school year project was going to be, one thing was clear – it needed to be big-time. The students, along with Parliament sponsor, Rebecca Hering, decided to launch a “Kicks for Kindness” campaign. For the last few months, students have been collecting shoes in attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for the longest chain of shoes at ultimately donating them to global charities.
Churchill Parliament sponsor, Rebecca Hering, was proud to see the students working hard toward their challenging goal. "They gain so much leadership experience just by going out to the community and stating their cause," said Hering. "We have one of the best communities. We've asked for the community support and they've been there for us."
Hundreds of Churchill students weathered the wet and humid weather on April 17 on the campus football field, to tie the shoes together for the final count. With the current record of 24,962, the students didn't quite reach their goal of 30,000, but still collected a little more than 16,000 shoes! The shoes were distributed to Soles for Souls and Arms of Hope as a donation to help those in need.
"Although we did not break the record, we made such a positive impact on many people," said Herring. "The members gained an immense knowledge in working with the public, leadership skills, and the true meaning of philanthropy."
Posted on April 17, 2014