SPOKANE, Wash. – About 500 Spokane school students were surprised in the middle of their school day: they were pulled from class and right into a makeshift shoe store in one of the classrooms where they were given a pair of snow boots.
The experience, and the boots, were a gift from Second Watch, Inc., a software and cloud computing company with offices in Liberty Lake, Seattle and New York.
About 100 employees made the gift possible and nearly half of them took part in the deliveries, which involve matching and fitting each pair of snow boots to a student in need.
“Actually, these new boots fit, a lot,” Logan Elementary second grade student Ashten Gardener said. “They are really cool.”
“I was walking around trying on boots that wouldn’t fit me until I found these perfect boots,” Logan Elementary second grade student Kendall Dean said.
Second Watch founder of strategic development and EVP Jeff Aden said he remembers having wet, cold feet with inadequate shoes in school. He said, it was hard to focus. Aden hopes this gift translates to fun outside and focus in the classroom.
“Hopefully the kids will have an opportunity to be a little warmer, a little drier and be able to sit in class and really gain from what these amazing teachers and educators do on a daily basis,” Aden said.