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    The BETCHA club sent out a school wide email to advertise their fundraiser.

BETCHA steps towards a cure

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In the United States alone, more than 300 million pairs of shoes, new and barely worn, are thrown out each year. Donating your shoes to Funds2Orgs will promote a good cause and lessen our impact on landfills by removing hazards created by some of the chemicals used to make the soles of shoes.

Funds2Orgs gives shoes to people who cannot afford them. American Heritage and club BETCHA is supporting this worthy cause to raise money for Project Alive. Each pair of shoes you donate will bring us closer to collecting 2,500 pairs of shoes. If American Heritage and Academy can collect 2,500 pairs of shoes to Funds2Orgs, $1,000 will be donated from them to Project Alive.  Shoe donations are measured by weight; the more donations collected after the initial 2,500 pairs, the more money Project Alive will receive.

Funds2Orgs uses the shoes donated to support micro-entrepreneurs of developing nations such as Haiti, Colombia and Tanzania. The micro-entrepreneurs sell the shoes at a small cost to raise money for business.

The shoe drive will take place the month of February. Ask parents, siblings and neighbors  to look into their closets for any usable shoes that would make a good donation. Drop your shoes off at any one of several boxes located in the upper school office, library and classroom buildings.

Time for spring cleaning. Save your shoes from the landfill, donate them to a worthy cause and, best of all, help support Project Alive.

For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Mercedes Torres, the BETCHA club advisor, at mercedes.torres@ahschool.com.

Alyssa Herzbrun is a junior and second-year staffer of the Patriot Post at American Heritage. She currently edits the opinion section of the newspaper and is an avid reader. On the weekends, Alyssa loves to volunteer at places like Broward Outreach Center, Ronald McDonald House and Feeding South Florida. Over the summer she read a book every day but finds school interfering with her reading streak. She also loves to clog (not the toilet but the dance). Alyssa is looking for a great year and hopes to meet many opinionated people.

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