Showing posts with label shoe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shoe. Show all posts

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cub Scouts to Franklin Residents: If the Shoe Doesn't Fit, Donate It!

In the third week of the Franklin Cub Scout shoe drive, Franklin residents stepped it up and donated scores of pairs to help those in need of good footwear. Combined with the previous two weeks worth of donations, the Scouts have collected approximately 300 pairs of gently worn shoes to benefit two shoe charities: Souls4Souls® and Rerun Shoes. With two weekends of collections left, the Cub Scouts continue to encourage everyone to find those forgotten or underutilized shoes and contribute them to those affected by impoverishment or disaster.

"With spring cleaning happening all across town, we know that there will be many terrific pairs of shoes uncovered that, in other parts of world, can be put to good use protecting people’s feet," said Gregg Klawson, cubmaster of Pack 99 in Franklin. "We are very grateful for the support and encouragement families in Franklin have shown us through their donations and kind words. And we are thankful that our Scouts and their families have donated so much time to helping the greater community."

Franklin, MA: Pack 99 collecting shoes

As with the cubmasters of the four other Cub Scout packs in Franklin, Mr. Klawson realizes that community is an important concept to teach the future leaders of America. In Cub Scouting, Scouts and their families have fun and adventure in a program that builds character and instills values. Cub Scouting embraces the values of citizenship, compassion, cooperation, courage, faith, health and fitness, honesty, perseverance, positive attitude, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility. These values come to boys in all parts of the Cub Scout program, all while they're having a great time with their friends and families.

Cub Scout Pack 99 is no stranger to combining fun with building character. Like the other packs, the pack has helped those in need many times. Whether it be through the annual Scouting for Food Drive, a national drive sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, or helping the Knights of Columbus collect needed funds as part of their annual Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities, more commonly known as the “Tootsie Roll Drive,” the Cub Scouts of Pack 99 have assisted.

Cub Scout Pack 99 is chartered locally by the Franklin Knights of Columbus, Council 1847, and the pack welcomes boys from all parts of town. However, Pack 99 consists mostly of students who attend Jefferson Elementary School or are home schooled in the surrounding neighborhoods. They’re boys whose parents want them to realize their full potential and become the best young men they can be, and they’re boys who are given the opportunity to do this while having fun in a safe environment. Some of Pack 99's recent adventures include attending P-Bruins and Harlem Globetrotter games; the annual Pinewood Derby; overnight camping and a campfire at King Street Memorial Park; and marching in the town’s annual Memorial Day parade. Like other packs, Cub Scout Pack 99 also participates in regular hiking activities, and so much more.

“When you sign your son up for Cub Scouting, you're signing him up for much more than an after-school activity,” added Mr. Klawson. “Whether it's camping for the first time or climbing your first indoor rock wall, your son will take part in activities that are fun, but also build character and start him on a path to success. While there are lots of cool badges to earn, the experiences had along the way are the true rewards.”

Of course the many experiences couldn’t occur without Scouts and their families, old and especially new, and that’s why the Franklin Cub Scouts are holding an open registration event this month. The Cub Scouts welcome all boys currently in kindergarten through fourth grade to join a pack on the Franklin Town Common on Saturday, May 20th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be some typical Scout activities for the boys to sample while parents can find out more information and register their boys on the spot to become part of a fantastic group of kids doing incredible things. For those that prefer to become part of the fun immediately, visit today to register with your local pack.

Meanwhile, the shoe drive continues. Please clean out those closets, donate those shoes and join the fun! All five packs from across Franklin will be out again collecting shoes at the following locations from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with one exception noted below) this Saturday, May 5th, and next Saturday, May 12th:
  • Dacey Community Fields on Lincoln Street (from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • King Street Memorial Park on King Street
  • Fletcher Field on Peck Street
  • Beaver Pond on Beaver Street
  • Town Common across from St. Mary’s Church

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cub Scouts recycling shoes for you

I stopped by the Town Common on Saturday to drop off some shoes to the Cub Scouts who are recycling them.

Franklin, MA: Pack 99 collecting shoes

Drew Mahoney posed proudly for a picture.

The Cub Scouts will be on the Town Common and other collection points around Franklin on Saturdays through May 19. Additional details can be found in the related posts on the Cub Scout recycling drive below.

Pack 99

Pack 126

Pack 129

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Franklin Cub Scouts step it up with shoe drive

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FRK Cub Scouts shoe drive
Over the course of the last two Saturdays, there have been some young, goodhearted boys in blue uniforms asking local residents to step up and donate shoes to help those in need. They are Franklin's local Cub Scouts who, as active members of the local community, are collecting shoes to benefit two shoe charities: Souls4Souls® and Rerun Shoes.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Franklin Cub Scout Pack 126 walks a mile in other’s shoes

Shoes are something most people in our community take for granted. Ours may be a little worn, or have a broken lace, but they protect the our feet from cuts, bruises and even disease. We may not give them another thought all day once they’re on our feet, but in other parts of the world they’re a precious commodity in short supply. 
The great kids who are part of Pack 126 are learning another valuable life lesson through Scouting. This lesson is about social awareness and helping others. They’re collecting shoes for those who live in poverty and disaster stricken countries and don’t have adequate footwear.

The Scouts from Pack 126 and the other four packs across Franklin will be collecting shoes at the following locations throughout Franklin from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. until May 12th: 
Dacey Community Fields on Lincoln Street
King Street Memorial Park on King Street
Fletcher Field on Peck Street
Beaver Pond on Beaver Street
Town Common across from St. Mary’s Church 
This is just one of the many displays of altruism and community giving show by Pack 126. Others include assisting the elderly with spring yard cleaning, sprucing up the landscape at the Kennedy school and donating time and energy to helping those around them. 
Who are the boys from Pack 126? While any boy can join, Pack 126 consists mostly of kids who attend Kennedy school, or are home schooled in the neighborhoods surrounding Kennedy. They’re boys whose parents want them to learn some important life lessons in a fun and meaningful way.

What do the Cub Scouts do? Aside from helping out our community and contributing to charitable causes, the Scouts meet regularly in a social, fun and instructional atmosphere. The Scouts go to zoos, monster truck shows, build and race their own pinewood derby cars, camp out, learn about nature and so much more. 
What could possibly make Pack 126 even better? Your child! Every child brings something valuable to the pack. It’s a great place to make friends for kids and parents alike. Join us on the Franklin common on Saturday May 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. and sign your kid up on the spot with a great group of kids doing amazing things.

Cub Scout Pack 126 website

Related posts on the joint effort by the Franklin Cub Scout troops

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cub Scouts collecting shoes

The Cub Scouts did collect shoes on Saturday.

Plan to clean your closets to drop off your shoe donation on one of the next several Saturdays. Additional details on the shoe collections can be found here

Photo credit to Mike Attinello. Thanks Mike!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cub Scouts want your usable shoes!

The five local Cub Scout packs of Franklin have banded together this spring to help those in need by organizing a shoe drive to benefit Soles4Souls Inc., a Nashville, Tennessee-based shoe charity, and Rerun Shoes, an Amherst, Massachusetts-based shoe charity. The packs, comprised of approximately 300 elementary school-age boys and adult volunteers, have committed to collect shoes over the course of five weeks in April and May, beginning April 14th, at locations all around Franklin. In turn, the shoe charities will distribute the shoes to people living in extreme poverty and recovering from natural disasters. Soles4Souls provides one pair of shoes to a person in need every 7 seconds and, since 2005, has distributed more than
13 million pairs of shoes because of the generosity and commitment of people and organizations like the Franklin Cub Scout packs.

“With tragedies such as the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Japan, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, including our own country, we can use the shoes that are taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to help change the world one pair at a time,” said Mike McGuire, one of the adult leaders helping to organize the Scouts.

According to Rerun Shoes, consumers who recycle their shoes for reuse help provide employment at home and abroad. They also avoid the wasteful practice of disposing useable shoes in a landfill. To help keep those shoes out of landfills, the Cub Scouts will be collecting your new or gently worn footwear to make a tangible difference in the lives of many people through the gift of shoes. Every donation will support the shoe charities’ initiatives to distribute shoes to those in need.

To promote giving, the packs are holding a friendly competition amongst one another to collect the most shoes. All the packs are asking the town’s residents to “vote” for their favorite pack by donating all the excess shoes in their closets to the pack of their choice.

“Donating shoes is one of the simplest yet profound acts someone can do, because it will greatly improve someone’s life in the most difficult of times,” McGuire added. “Our boys understand this and really want to do all they can to make this successful for so many people. That’s why we’ve introduced a small, healthy rivalry – to encourage as many donations as people are willing to give.”

The Cub Scouts will be collecting shoes at the following locations throughout Franklin from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning on Saturday, April 14th and each Saturday thereafter until May 12th:

  • Dacey Community Fields on Lincoln Street
  • King Street Memorial Park on King Street
  • Fletcher Field on Peck Street
  • Beaver Pond on Beaver Street
  • Town Common across from St. Mary’s Church

“Our scouts hope that people will realize the great impact that small gestures can have in peoples’ lives,” added McGuire. “Through Scouting, our boys have many opportunities like this shoe drive to provide service to others and reinforce ethical values. These opportunities not only help them now, when they are young, but will carry forward into their adult lives, improving the standards by which they’ll live and our society as a result. That’s what keeps us committed to finding opportunities such as this that will
benefit both our local community here in Franklin as well as the global community, of which we are all a part.”

The Cub Scouts will be holding a registration event on May 20th on the Town Common from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for those interested in becoming part of the Scouting family. The event will feature some typical field day-type events in addition to traditional scouting events. For those that prefer to become part of the fun immediately, visit today to register with your local pack.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I love my white shoes

Reading is so important. Do you have good reading habits for your kids to pick up?

Cute girls

Author version

Kindergarten version

Our example to our children, to our families, and to the world around us is constant. The question is not whether or not anyone is watching, the question is what are they learning as they watch. -- Kirk Weisler

Franklin, MA

Saturday, December 26, 2009