You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Big-hearted boy spends bar mitzvah money on new shoes for entire elementary school


A Texas boy used his bar mitzvah to gather more than $25,000 worth of donations – enough to provide shoes for an entire school's worth of students.

And that's exactly what he did, giving more than 400 pairs of brand new Nike sneakers to students at Beall Elementary School in El Paso, according to the school district.

>> Read more trending stories

"I have always loved sneakers," St. Clements Parish School eighth grade student Drew Frank said. "When I saw there was a need for sneakers, I wanted to give back."

Drew, 13, teamed up with the Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation for the giveaway. The foundation aims to promote physical fitness in schools and on playing fields in the El Paso area and gives away shoes to students at schools deemed "distinguishable," often in lower income neighborhoods.

"I'm giving sneakers to these kids who may otherwise not have new sneakers," Drew told USA Today. "They just get shoes that have been passed down from generation to generation. I just wanted to give back to these kids who are less fortunate than me."

The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation typically raises money through an annual walk/run event and community donations. Co-founder Cindy Aboud said Drew's donation is a first for the organization.

"This is the first time a family has contacted us directly to make a donation like this," Aboud said.

First grade student Edgar Vallecillio was the first to get a box of the donated Nikes.

"It feels good to have new shoes," he said. "I like how they feel."

Students, faculty and staff gathered at Beall Elementary on Nov. 7 to try on the shoes and thank Drew.

>> Related: Giving Tuesday offers a chance to pay it forward

"Today is superhero day," assistant principal Evelyn Aguilar-Spring said on Nov. 7. "A hero is a person who is known for being brave, courageous, has outstanding achievements and also has noble qualities. Here today, we have a true hero."

Volunteers sized the shoes for Beall students, including kindergarten student Monet Solis.

"They are pretty," Monet said of the matching pink and black shoes and socks she got through the giveaway. "They are nice people for giving us shoes. That was very helpful."

About 800 pairs of Nikes and 800 pairs of socks were bought as a result of Drew's donation, USA Today reported. The shoes and socks not given to Beall students will go to a local orphanage and a YWCA transitional living center for women and children, according to the newspaper.

"I was just really excited to see their faces when they got their new shoes," Drew said. "It feels great to give back."


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident
TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident

Get-well wishes are going out to Savannah Chrisley, daughter of Todd and Julie Chrisley from the USA series “Chrisley Knows Best.” Savannah Chrisley was driving in a rainstorm Monday night when she reached down to fix her floor mat. The floor mat became wedged under the gas pedal and her car veered into a guardrail as soon as she looked...
Lowe's lays off about 2,400 assistant store managers
Lowe's lays off about 2,400 assistant store managers

Lowe’s laid off thousands of assistant store managers Tuesday, company officials said. >> Read more trending stories  A company spokeswoman said the layoffs are part of a new store staffing model. The new model will result in the reduction of approximately 1 to 2 assistant store manager positions per store, the spokeswoman said. The...
Wells Fargo rejects 'offensive and antisocial' Black Lives Matter debit card
Wells Fargo rejects 'offensive and antisocial' Black Lives Matter debit card

A schoolteacher in Baltimore, Maryland, says her submission of a personalized Wells Fargo debit card that contained the message "Black Lives Matter" was rejected for being "offensive and antisocial." The Washington Post reported that Rachel Nash, who is white, came up with the idea for the card out of frustration and wanted to use...
Why Garth Brooks said no to the Trump inauguration
Why Garth Brooks said no to the Trump inauguration

Garth Brooks has been getting some flack on social media in the past few days for not performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Until he set the record straight on his weekly Facebook Live show, we had no way of knowing if Brooks had even been asked to perform at the inauguration, though. It turns out Brooks...
Teen survives crash that killed best friend by clinging to tree overnight
Teen survives crash that killed best friend by clinging to tree overnight

A teenage girl survived a car crash that killed her best friend after she swam to safety and spent the night in a tree. Jenna Santos and Natalie Griffin were driving back home to Castro Valley in early January after a road trip. According to KGO, their car veered off the highway and landed in a creek, where the car quickly began to sink...
More Stories