College junior Jamarco Clark is a long way from his home in Conley, Georgia. But Clark is contributing to his adopted hometown of Mount Pleasant as a student at Iowa Wesleyan College. Clark’s recent efforts have a made an impact on the lives of 19 children.
Clark chose to bring Sneakers for Success to the local community. With the help of area elementary schools, he offered free shoes to fifth grade students and their siblings who needed them. Clark organized the effort as part of a course-based service-learning project in his Leadership and Service class.
Last week, Clark delivered 19 pairs of brand new athletic shoes in custom embroidered bags to some very excited students. He made stops at Harlan, Lincoln, Salem and Van Allen Elementary Schools.
Clark said the students were very appreciative of the new shoes. “It felt really good to see them smile and enjoy the shoes,” he said. Clark said he hopes to repeat the project next year but he won’t stop once he graduates.
“I want to continue to do this, even when I am out of college and working. This is something that I want to keep going,” he said.
Brown’s Shoe Fit of Mount Pleasant was instrumental in helping Clark get the most pairs of shoes from the funds he raised, he said. The personalized bags were donated by a local church group.
Service is a component of every student’s education at Iowa Wesleyan.