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Concern for one of the most embattled and impoverished areas of the world quickly turned into action at Kay Bingham elementary school when students resolved to send Nicaraguan children some shoes. And two weeks later, the teacher who spearheaded the idea says she’s blown away. “It just gave me goose bumps,” said Jennifer Jones. Earlier in the year, the grades 2 and 6 children learned about the small Central American village of Jiquillilo, which has been ravaged by civil war, decimated by a tsunami and plagued by extreme poverty. Dave Sakaki from Kamloops Fire Rescue travels to Nicaragua and opened the children’s eyes to the country’s challenging lifestyle. The students were “shocked” to hear about the way people live in the village and immediately brought up the idea of doing something, said Jones. “They were dying to help,” she said. Jones brainstormed with Sakaki over the best course of action and they settled on shoes. Seven year old Olivia Wiggins said she like Jones’ idea because she wanted to do something “kind” for the Nicaraguan children. “We all said ‘yeah’ because we thought it was a good idea,” said Olivia. “It’s good to give people shoes and be kind to them.” Students began promoting the project by talking to their moms and dads and asking them to discuss it at their workplaces. They also made colourful posters and spoke to local media. Eight year old Niko Bornais said he talked to his parents and brothers because they have “tons” of shoes. He added he’s happy to donate even though he figures he’ll probably never speak with anyone on the receiving end. “I never go to a different country because it takes a really long time,” he said. Shoes started coming in May 15 and donations have not slowed down since,
said Jones. “We had 440 pairs in the first and then I was like ‘OK, everyone’s gone through their closets, we’re done.’ But, no. The second week was 467. We’re now well over 1,000.” The kids at Westmount Elementary also joined the act of generosity and now have around 140 pairs to donate. Collection ends June 15. The shoes will then be delivered personally by Kamloops residents bound for Nicaragua, said Jones. The project’s benefits are endless, said Jones, as it helps impoverished children, encourages local kids to be charitable and makes them feel empowered, and turns the intangible lessons of the classroom real. “I love being able to get kids to connect with the real world,
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