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Students announce fundraising partnership with Shoes that Fit

University Liggett School juniors Ally Metry and Summer Orlowski, are pleased to announce that they are once again partnering with the non-profit Shoes That Fit for the 2022 Liggett Shoes That Fit Challenge. During the 2021 Liggett Challenge, the pair led the charge to raise $6,720 which was used to purchase 270 pairs of new athletic shoes that were donated to students at Hamilton Academy, a kindergarten-eighth grade school in the Chandler Park section of Detroit.

Metry and Orlowski decided to partner with Shoes that Fit during the 2020-21 school year, after learning about students who did not have shoes that fit or even a pair of shoes they could wear to school. So they decided, with the help of Kirsten Hibbs, Support Staff Specialist and Dean of Ninth Grade Life, to connect with Shoes That Fit. Shoes That Fit is a California-based organization, whose mission is to address one of the most visible signs of poverty in America. They provide new athletic shoes to children in need so they can attend school with dignity, joy, prepared to learn, and play and thrive.

Metry and Orlowski agreed that they felt so inspired by the way the Liggett community supported their fundraising efforts in 2021 that they have been planning and brainstorming new ideas and ways to raise awareness and money for the 2022 Shoes That Fit Liggett Challenge.

This year, Metry and Orlowski have set a fundraising goal of $8,000. Metry, a junior member of Tau Beta, applied for and received a grant of $2,500 from Tau Beta to kick start the campaign.

The official campaign kick off was Monday, March 7. The pair have a variety of fundraising ideas planned through the end of the school year, including a June 6 evening event at Pepperoni Grill, in St. Clair Shores. Proceeds from the evening’s sales will be donated to the Shoes That Fit Liggett Challenge. There will also be a school raffle.

Follow along with their fundraising  journey on Instagram @STFVSLIGG.