Niceville High School’s Speech and Debate Team Launches Shoe Drive Fundraiser to Raise Money for State and National Competitions

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Niceville High School’s Speech and Debate Team is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from February 25th to April 10th to raise funds for the speech and debate team members to compete at state and national tournaments. The NHS Speech and Debate Team will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at Niceville High School.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

"We are excited about our shoe drive," said debate team coach Pauline Buis. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for students who have been given the opportunity to compete at state and national level debate tournaments, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.” 

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the NHS Speech and Debate Team, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.