After students at Overton Elementary School in Salisbury, North Carolina finished listning to a reading of "The Polar Express," they discovered that a curtain was hiding a very special gift for the entire school: new pairs of shoes.
An anonymous donor purchased nearly 400 pairs of New Balances for the children with help of local retailer Ralph Baker Shoes, and following the reading, wrapped boxes were passed out to each student. According to the school's principal, Candice Austin, all of the school's students qualify for free meals, and 70 percent of them live at poverty level.
Fran Lescoe, a representative of Communities in School, helped coordinate the charitible project to coincide with "The Daily Mile" program the school is part of, which requires 15 minutes of walking or running a day from staff and students from participating schools. She told the Salisbury Post that the majority of the kids "had ill-fitting or worn-out shoes, and they had just embarked on a program that required good shoes. I had hoped we could do it last year, but the magic happened today because of our silent donor."