(Newbury) I was at Newbury Elementary School this morning to see another piece of the Triton community service project spawned by “Those Shoes,” fall into place. On this day a group of Trition High School students were to go into each of the classrooms and read, “Those Shoes,” as well as explain the sneaker-gathering project.
I expected to see an assortment of Triton students on hand but learned that Triton’s community service director (Joe Colbert – back left in picture) had decided instead to involve his spring track team. “Those Shoes,” by Maribeth Boelts is about footwear and the tie-in to the track team was a natural one.
I was surprised to learn from Joe that very few of the Triton students had attended NES. I, unknowingly, followed one of them walking down the hall to the classrooms. A teacher from one of the lower grades spotted one of the Triton students and gave him the, “Is that you, so-and-so. Wow, you’ve changed.” I believe I detected that particular student cringing after he heard that!
The students gathered in the cafeteria before going to the classrooms. There was an active amount of swapping what classes the students would go into to read “Those Shoes.” Seemed that the girls wanted the lower grades.
The person who organized the project (Laurie Collins) told me that quite a few pairs of sneakers had already been collected.