North HS Students Go Barefoot for a Cause

Valley Stream North High School’s SADD Club members put their hearts and soles forward as they stepped out onto the track for a barefoot walk on Oct. 14. This event was held in support of the Barefoot4them campaign and kicked off a shoe drive that will assist those in Haiti who are recovering from Hurricane Matthew.

This initiative benefits the Soles4Souls organization, which seeks to bring awareness of poverty as a problem that plagues parts of the world, while also providing shoes to those in need. In recent years, NHS has donated more than 1,000 pairs of shoes to those in need, both in the United States and globally.
The SADD Club participants and their advisor, Ada Duran, walked for one mile without shoes. They experienced the discomfort that many people without proper footwear suffer through each day and gained a greater appreciation for helping others, as well as a stronger sense of gratitude for what they have.

Soles4Souls supports orphanages, homeless shelters, women’s domestic abuse shelters, inner-city hospitals and micro-enterprises in developing countries. For more information about the charity and the Barefoot4them campaign, visit Soles4Souls’ website,