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Sophomores Sydney Bockelman, Natalie Pellin and Jacquelyn Smithson came up with the idea for a shoe drive called Soles 4 Souls, as one of the projects in the upcoming FHS Games for Change. They hope to collect 500 or more pairs of shoes, which will then go to a Third World country.

FHS Youth Development students see new life for old shoes

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Doing a little spring cleaning? Don't know what to do with those old shoes? The Farmington High School Youth Development team has an idea: donate them.


Youth Development will hold a shoe drive called Soles 4 Souls, starting Monday, April 1. The idea is to collect as many pairs of shoes as possible between April 1 and the group's April 19 Games for Change event at the school.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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