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My New Red Shoes supports unaccompanied youth arriving from southern border detention centers
Nonprofit hosts shoe distribution and clothing shopping event
By: My New Red Shoes
Woodside High School is a public high school in Woodside that serves students from the diverse surrounding communities of Portola Valley, Woodside, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City. The school recently received ninety new students from border detention centers. These students are arriving mostly from Latin America with only the clothing on their backs and face many struggles including trauma from their travel to the US, difficulty with communication, interruption of schooling, and ongoing concern for family members left behind. Without proper footwear and clothing, students may find it hard to fit in at school or participate in PE, hampering their integration and engagement at school.
"My students were elated as they got the opportunity to pick from an excellent selection of shoes. It brightened up their day, and it meant a great deal to them," said Jascha Dolan, a WHS teacher. "It was one of the highlights of the semester for me as well. It made me feel great to know that people care and want to help."
"Our partnership with MNRS enables our students to fully experience a sense of belonging," said Diane Mazzei, WHS Instructional Vice Principal.
Woodside's PTA reached out to MNRS to ask for assistance with providing shoes and clothing for these new students. In response, MNRS held a shoe distribution for the students at Woodside on Friday, November 22 and will be holding a clothing shopping event for approximately sixty students the week of January 21.
"Unaccompanied youth coming from the border often arrive with worn shoes and just the clothing on their backs," said MNRS Executive Director Minh Ngo. "By working to meet their basic needs, we hope to help them with their trauma, support their transition into school, and most importantly, let them know that our community cares."
About My New Red Shoes
A nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life and well-being of children and youth experiencing economic hardship, My New Red Shoes (MNRS) provides new shoes and clothing to Bay Area students in order to build a stronger, healthier, and more inclusive community for all youth. Learn more at https://mynewredshoes.org/
NINICO Communications | Sarah Farrant