The Topeka Downtown Rotary Club and its partners kicked off the Solemates Project yesterday and according to Jessica Goubeaux, one of the event organizers, " The project was a hit!" 


Solemates is a project that is made possible by the partnership of Downtown Topeka Rotary, South Topeka Rotary, USD 501 and Payless Shoe Source. 

"We give the opportunity to a select group of 501 students to earn a pair of new shoes by volunteering their time to their school," Goubeaux said. "They are then awarded a pass to visit Payless, partner with a Rotary member and shop for a new pair of shoes and socks. The experience is truly rewarding for both the students and volunteers."

Nineteen students were served by the program in just twenty-five minutes of volunteer time. 

"The children were well behaved and excited about the process," Goubeaux said. "We had one child so excited that he ran up an aisle and couldn’t believe 'how fast his shoes were'. It truly was a great experience for both our volunteers and your students."

We'll bring you more on this project in the upcoming weeks.