By Julie Johansen
Miss Emery County Brooklyn Potter and Maren Allred, Emery County’s Outstanding Teen, are visiting all the schools in the Emery School District to introduce their Soles to Souls project and their platforms.
On Tuesday morning, the duo stopped at Ferron Elementary, asking the students to bring their gently used or new shoes to school and place them in the display box. Their goal is to gather 2,000 pair of shoes from throughout the district by March 8. They informed the students of the great need for shoes all over the world, stating that millions of children don’t own a pair of shoes. The power of a pair of shoes can break the poverty cycle, helping children to go to school, they explained.
While at the school, they also announced and explained their platforms. Miss Emery’s platform is to increase confidence to stop bullying. She is helping to do this by serving as a mentor at a middle school. She hopes to do whatever she can to change for the better.
Miss Outstanding Teen’s platform is “Kiss a Farmer.” Farmers raise food for all and give others a reason to keep going, Allred explained.
The girls will continue their visits to the rest of the schools in the district in the coming weeks before their upcoming state competitions.