Students need a strong foundation when starting school, and for many kids, that all starts with shoes.
Grace Lutheran Church has just wrapped up their 3rd annual "Shoes for School" program which provides a fresh new pair of kicks to students in need.
"We had an amazing year. We gave out 36 pairs of shoes to kids in the community," said Lynn Hemming.
Hemming equates the increase to a better awareness in the town about the program.
"We had everything from kids who were 17 years of age to kids who were pre-schoolers. There was a wide range and the best part was to see the smiles on the kids' faces when they got their new shoes," explained Hemming.
The Grace Lutheran Church teamed up with Mark's Work Warehouse, who stepped up and donated the shoes in bigger sizes for the older kids.
The rest was provided by the church, which spared no expense when it came to today's shoe trends.
"Oh, they are wearing everything. There is high tops and there are little kids ones that light up," chuckled Hemming. "Even some of them have some kind of rechargable thing where you can plug in the shoes and recharge the flashing lights. That seemed to be a big hit."