Friday, September 04, 2009

DuPont Middle School Helping Those in Need

The DuPont Middle School band in Belle, WV will be working with Soles4Souls to collect donations for children in need from Sept. 7 through Sept. 22. Along with helping Soles4Souls aid needy people in the region and around the world, DuPont Middle School students are also raising funds for their own programs.

"I am extremely excited that our school is getting involved in this program. I know this program will help students who need help the most during these economic times," said Dave Miller, principal of DuPont Middle School.

The Soles4Souls program provides an innovative alternative to traditional fundraisers. Students collect monetary donations from family, friends, teachers and neighbors for the purchase of new Soles4Souls clogs or flip-flops. Soles4Souls ships the shoes directly to people in need, domestically and internationally.

For every pair of $5 flip-flops or $10 clogs sponsored, the school organization receives 40 percent of the proceeds in the form of a check from Soles4Souls, along with incentives for the students and the programs they are representing.

"The DuPont Middle School Band is a program that has students from all walks of life as well as levels of income," said Andrew Harper, the DPMS band director. "We are constantly working on providing quality musical experience and want every child to be able to join the band; however, money is a great concern, so we are raising money for students who cannot afford instruments. Our hope is to provide footwear to students in the Appalachian region who are in need."

The students at DPMS have also launched its 2009-2010 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign, in which consumers can contribute to the school through easy, everyday efforts.

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