Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo Reflects on Our Partnership

Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo has long been a crucial partner for First Day Shoe Fund. To honor our 10th anniversary, CIS published a blog post reflecting on our work together.

“Partnerships, like most things in life, begin by putting one foot in front of the other. The first steps for Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) and First Day Shoe Fund (FDSF) go back to early 2000 when Valerie Denghel was a tutor at Edison Environmental Science Academy with CIS. Valerie noticed some children without appropriate shoes for school. So Valerie began buying shoes for one child at a time. Valerie went from buying shoes for individual children to taking a giant step and founding the First Day Shoe Fund.

First Day Shoe Fund, which believes that all children should start school on equal footing, is celebrating their ten year anniversary and we couldn’t be happier for this tremendous milestone.”

Read more at the CIS blog, entitled “Ask Me About My 12,000 Kids.”

We thank Communities in Schools for their partnership and all that they do to help provide shoes and much more to children in our community!