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Free New Shoes for Students

November 2020

Rotary Club of Santa Clara partnered with Santa Clara Unified on October 31 to give away around 300 pairs of shoes to students and their siblings from throughout our district.

The annual Steps 4 Success event — hosted for the first time as a drive-thru — is dedicated to providing school-aged children and their siblings with properly fitted athletic shoes. The event took place in the Wilson High School parking lot and was decorated with a Halloween theme to entertain the students. As families drove through, they were handed their new shoes and passed goody bags, all while socially distancing to keep everyone safe.

Volunteers from Rotary Club of Santa Clara, Santa Clara Unified staff, and Interact Clubs from Santa Clara and Wilcox High Schools turned out dressed to impress in their Halloween costumes. We even had a special appearance from Superintendent Kemp dressed as a pink inflatable unicorn, and Board Member Andrew Ratermann dressed as Clark Kent. Check out the video below to see if you can guess what song Superintendent Kemp and her dance crew led by Wolverene (AKA Partnerships Manager Steve Neese) were dancing to!

Rotarian Vera Miller started the Steps 4 Success program over 20 years ago, and while some aspects of the event have changed, including the name, the goal has remained the same — to serve the needs of the community. Throughout the year, the Rotary Club of Santa Clara runs multiple fundraisers to raise money for the event.

Big thanks to Rotary Club of Santa Clara for continually supporting our students, to our Family Resource Center staff for their hard work reaching out to our families, and of course, to our event partner, Sports Basement, for supplying discounted name-brand athletic shoes for our students.

Enjoy some highlights from the event on Flickr and in the short video above.