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Ruther Glen, Virginia – Thanks to the students, parents, faculty, and community, The Carmel School met and exceeded their shoe drive fundraising goal!

For the past two months, The Carmel School community has been collecting gently worn, used, and new shoes to raise money toward the purchase of another school bus. Families have gathered up their unwanted shoes and brought them to the school. Faculty and students have sorted through bags and boxes, counting and rubber-banding the donations. Our goal: fill 100 bags with 25 pairs of shoes.

We did it! We have 122 bags of shoes stored in our gymnasium locker rooms. Thanks to our community, this fundraiser will help toward our goal of adding another bus to our fleet.

More importantly, all donated shoes will be redistributed through the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain, and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in the shoe drive are used to feed, clothe, and house their families.

“Thank you to the Carmel School family and community,” said Mrs. Gretchen Marr, Director of Student Activities at The Carmel School. “We knew most people have extra shoes in their closets waiting to be donated. By donating to us, we raised money toward our school bus, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s been a win-win for everyone!”

About The Carmel School

Founded in 1986, The Carmel School provides quality education for 204 students in preschool through twelfth grade and is committed to its goal of academic excellence in a Christian environment.

Situated on 145 acres in Ruther Glen, Virginia, The Carmel School is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school. The school strives to develop a well-balanced student by maintaining a commitment to Christian values. Students are challenged to grow academically, as well as physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially on their way to becoming responsible citizens. For more information, visit

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