Franklin Elementary gets grant to buy shoes for students

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Franklin Elementary School received a $1,000 grant from the Robert E. Fouss Memorial fund to buy shoes for students in need.

The fund was established in honor of Robert Fouss, a shoe-store owner in the Mid-Ohio Valley who would always make sure that children in need left his store with new shoes.

Franklin Elementary is a high poverty school with nearly 90 percent of its students on the free- and reduced-lunch program.

Parents filled out a request form choosing either tennis shoes or snow boots for their child.

“It’s just great for our kids here. They need things and they’re always trying to find ways to provide things for them. It’s a blessing for them and their families because now money can be spent on something else and they don’t have to worry about buying a pair of winter boots or buying a pair of tennis shoes,” Franklin Principal Lee Ann Cumpston said.

All 54 students that requested footwear through the program will receive their new footwear by the end of the week.

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