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Wilson Students Go Barefoot for a Day to Raise Awareness and Money

Posted: April 6, 2011

4/6/2011 All over the Wilson College campus on Tuesday, April 5, students, faculty and staff went barefoot – despite rain and chilly temperatures – in an effort to call attention to the plight of millions of people around the world who can’t afford shoes.
CHAMBERSBURG, PA – All over the Wilson College campus on Tuesday, April 5, students, faculty and staff went barefoot – despite rain and chilly temperatures – in an effort to call attention to the plight of millions of people around the world who can’t afford shoes.

“One Day Without Shoes” – an international event sponsored by TOMS Shoes - is meant to raise awareness for “those people who don’t have a choice,” according to TOMS Shoes, which challenged community groups, schools and corporations to sign up as many members of their organizations as possible to take the pledge to go shoeless for one day.

At Wilson, the decision to join the effort came about in a Business Policy class taught by Dr. Douglas B. Crawford, who was teaching about the TOMS Shoes business model. TOMS operates under a unique principle – for every pair of shoes sold, the company donates a pair of new shoes to a needy child.

Crawford and senior Teslote Eyob Tadesse organized “One Day without Shoes” on the Wilson campus, with the help of faculty secretary Gretchen Babendreier and the Rev. Rosie Magee, the college chaplain.

In addition to raising awareness, the campus event raised money through the sale of raffle tickets and is collecting shoes, both of which will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet, a nonprofit, humanitarian aid organization.

Heather Humwood, a freshman women’s studies major from Chambersburg, was one of the students who went barefoot for the cause.

“It makes me stop and appreciate the fact that I just can go into a store and get a pair of shoes,” Humwood said. “It makes me realize that I’ve got it pretty good.”

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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011