Photos: New Shoes for Dayton Students & Other Notes
Samaritan's Feet arrived in the Northern Kentucky river cities in recent days and provided new shoes and socks at schools in Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton.
At Lincoln Elementary School in Dayton, around 650 students were outfitted in brand new shoes, with help from the organization and local volunteers, which included school staff and Dayton High School students.
The high school students who participated are part of the dual enrollment program in partnership with Gateway Community & Technical College. District director of student services Ron Kinmon said Dayton Schools encourages its students to participate in the community and give back.
The students, in kindergarten through sixth grade, were ushered into the gym where their feet were washed and then placed in new footwear.
Samaritan's Feet regional director of operations Denise Blomberg said everything went well with the project, which was funded through a grant from Walmart.
At the Dayton Board of Education meeting, Kinmon reported that district attendance was lower this year compared to last year. There are 850 students enrolled district-wide, compared to 868 last year. However, Kinmon noted that like other river city school districts, the transient rate is high. The district lost 81 students from last year while 55 new ones arrived.
The board also decided that when surplus items are sold the money received could be used to buy Chromebooks for middle school students.
The district closed on its purchase of the property at 767 Third Avenue. It will cost $6,000 to raze.
Lincoln principal Heather Dragan said that the elementary school has a new lunch buddy program pairing kindergarten students with fifth graders, first graders with fourth graders, second graders with sixth graders, and third graders with preschoolers.