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Empty Old Shoeboxes Find a New Purpose at Local School

Payless Shoe Source in Pacifica regularly donates empty shoeboxes to the teachers and students of Farallone View Elementary for school projects.

Santa Ledet, assistant manager of Payless Shoe Source in Pacifica, stands pictured here next to a thank-you note made by 2nd graders at Farallone View Elementary School in Montara.

The children used donated empty shoeboxes from Payless to make ocean dioramas for a project in Kate Livingston’s class last year.

Payless regularly donates empty shoeboxes to the school for science, art, math projects and more.

"We've been doing this for the school for a couple of years now," said Ledet. "We hold boxes for them, they call and then come pick them up, sometimes only 15 and other times up to 70 boxes."

This year, Farallone View 2nd grade teacher Susan Kavanagh found a pile of the donated shoeboxes on the teacher’s table where things are put up for grabs.

“Thank you to that anonymous person!” she said.

Kavanagh is going to use the shoeboxes as math boxes where children can keep their money for counting, number grids, counters, rulers, and time clocks.

“First the children will do a collage tearing out pages from magazines that have something to do with math,” she said “and then glue the math pictures on their boxes.”

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