Klamath Basin – Expands Operation School Bell Program

Happy shoe recipients, from left, in the front row are Alexander Nazareta, Aiden Raum, and Madisin Felber and in the second row are Domonic Figueroa, Tristan Foltz-Warrior, Athena Duncan, Cheyanne McFarland, and Lizabeth Henderson. Shown with them in the third row are Beth Clark, principal of Sterns Elementary School; Linda Hartenberger, Assistance League; Brandon Powell, P.E. teacher; Sheri Wilson, Assistance League; and Isaiah Bigby, Big 5 Sporting Goods.
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Assistance League of Klamath Basin has added another segment to its Operation School Bell® Program involving Stearns Elementary School’s program titled “Active Shoes = Active Bodies.”

It was established by Brandon Powell, physical education teacher, to provide quality athletic shoes for its students with the goal of improving participation during the physical education class and increasing the amount of physical activity students engage in daily as well as helping with their self-worth.

The teachers work with the students to write down attainable goals to “earn” a $40 shoe certificate. Assistance League raises money to pay for these certificates, which are used at the Big 5 Sporting Goods Store that, in turn, makes sure these students get quality shoes at a low price.