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'Kicks for Kindness' to break world record

Churchill HS students attempt to collect 30,000 shoes

Churchill High School's student council is trying to break a world record by collecting 30,000 shoes.
Churchill High School's student council is trying to break a world record by collecting 30,000 shoes.

Churchill High School's student council is trying to break a world record by collecting 30,000 shoes.

It's called "Kicks for Kindness", and if they accomplish their goal they'll get into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The student project has turned into a community effort.

Since the beginning of the year, Churchill High School's student council has been collecting shoes. President Micky Wolf said so far they've collected thousands.

"Currently we have 5,000 shoes. Our goal is to reach 30,000 by April 17. We've set collection bins up in elementary schools, offices, local businesses around peoples' neighborhoods," said Wolf.

The goal is to break the record for longest chain of shoes in the Guinness Book of World Records. Wolf said the shoes need to be tied together and form one line. Student Council Vice President Sam Carduner said about 30 students work on this project every day.

"Some people are counting shoes and tying shoes. A large group will be calling people, businesses and asking if we can set up donation boxes there," said Carduner.

Once collected, the shoes are put into bags of 50. Then they're stored in a trailer parked in the student parking lot.

"So it hasn't stunk the room and usually we do a pretty good job of getting good-smelling shoes," said Wolf.

Without the help of the community, they wouldn't have the thousands of shoes they have so far. But many more shoes are needed to break the world record.

"The more the better, and the more places we can put boxes, the more shoes we can collect," said Carduner.

All shoes will be donated to Green Sneakers and Soles4Souls.

Churchill students will attempt to break the world record on Thursday April 17.

Anyone wishing to donate shoes to "Kicks for Kindness" is asked to call 210-878-8521 or kicksforkindness@gmail.com to schedule a pick up.