With school back in session this month for millions of children across the country, getting started off on the right foot is paramount to their success in the classroom. Many in the 5-to-12 age range here in Knoxville, Tenn. – where we’re headquartered – will be doing just that thanks to the Knoxville Area Urban League and its Shoes for School program.
This past weekend, we were proud to partner with the KAUL for the 10th year in a row in the program. Shoes for School provides hundreds of needy children in the Knoxville area a pair of new sneakers. Those attending the event also stocked up on a bevy of school supplies handed out by the event’s more than 30 booth sponsors, including notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons…even cool-looking Scripps Networks-branded pencil pouches.
Saturday’s event was a rousing success as more than 1,000 kids participated. In total, more than 3,500 people attended the carnival-type event and more than 300 volunteered from the local community, including 20 from our Knoxville office. The smiles and thanks we received from kids and parents alike Saturday were surpassed only by those etched across our own faces!