Photo: Upward Bound Volunteers at “In the Imagine”

Upward Bound Students Volunteering at "In the Imagine"

On September 2, 2010 students from the GRCC Upward Bound program volunteered with “In the Imagine,” for their yearly “Shoes Help Our Elementary Students” (S.H.O.E.S.) event. This year S.H.O.E.S. provided more than 8000 pairs of shoes to at-risk elementary students in the Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids School System. Upward Bound accommodated In the Imagine by distributing tons of brand new shoes to 1st thru 5th graders as they strolled into the building with their families. While a majority of the students enjoyed volunteering, one student was so excited about the experience stating, “I love seeing the kids and the smiles on their faces when I bring them a pair of brand new shoes.” Next year as students go back to school, Upward Bound students hope to continue partnering with In the Imagine and their efforts of giving back to the Grand Rapids community.

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