Article By: Lauren McQuaide and Ben Hancock
Earlier this year, the ambitious student group known as the GRIT team was presented with a seemingly small service project. However, this project proved to be much bigger than what was expected. Mr. Brent Campbell's idea was simple: collect new or used shoes for an organization called Shoes for H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel). The organization collects shoes in any condition to be sent to those who are in need around the world. When GRIT team members got word of the project, they decided to take it to the next level, involving all Adair County Schools, several local churches, businesses, government offices, and community centers. With all involved, the team set a goal to collect 1000 pairs of shoes. To their surprise, they not only met this goal, but exceeded it by collecting nearly 1800 pairs of shoes.