St. Michael students pay it forward with shoe drive

2013-11-20T20:00:00Z 2013-11-20T22:52:16Z St. Michael students pay it forward with shoe driveDamian Rico The Times
November 20, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | An upcoming delivery to children at the Carmelite Home stems from a simple request made of St. Michael School eighth-graders.

Pay it forward.

The eighth-graders were recently looking for a place to host an orientation training for a new initiative called Team LEAD, a leadership program for schools based on student leadership and anti-bullying strategies.

When their facility didn't meet Wi-Fi needs, they called neighboring St. Maria Goretti Parish in hopes of renting the hall.

"Father (Charles) Niblick didn't accept any money from us and even fed our entire class for the whole day," said Olivia Ferguson, St. Michael eighth-grader. "But he did tell us he wanted something from us."

Niblick asked the students to pay it forward.

The students beamed with pride Wednesday as they packaged, labeled and wrapped brand new shoes to be delivered to children at East Chicago's Carmelite Home in December as a service project.

 "I am so proud of our students," said Allison Prisby, Team LEAD sponsor. "They sent flyers home and spread the word and would eventually collect more than 80 brand new pairs of shoes to give to those in need. This was their idea and it just touches my heart."

Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Spiegel said the students got the idea from a student featured on CNN Student News and were looking for an agency when the Carmelite Home was suggested.

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