Kicks For Kids

Kicks-for-Kids was founded by former Rotarian Jeff White. The program is a partnership between the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club, Craven County School District and Todd Whisnant, owner of Coastal Sole. Kicks-for-Kids is the signature project for the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club.

The club estimates that this program has provided shoes for close to 7,000 children since the program’s founding in 1999, touching the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children in Craven County.

Students deal with so many issues today: bullying, low self-esteem, childhood trauma. All of these concerns jeopardize the quality of their education.  We feel that by providing shoes, these kids can feel a sense of pride in their appearance.  This program also helps the families who may be struggling to pay bills and provide for their children.

It is also an opportunity for club volunteers to build relationships with the children as time is taken to have a conversation and let them know they are loved.

There is not one child or club volunteer who leaves the event without a smile on their face or without knowing that a great service has been provided.

Craven County School officials select local elementary and middle school children based on need.  The selected children are transported to a location where they have the opportunity to select a new pair of sneakers.  For many of these children it is the first time they have had the opportunity to select their own pair of shoes.

Members of the Club are onsite to assist the children with the sizing and selection process.

We have found that there is a direct correlation between a new pair of shoes and a child’s self-esteem.  Year after year Craven County School officials relay stories of improved academic and social performance of children involved in this project.

Please give generously so that we can continue to serve the children of Craven County.

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