Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet
In 2009, a retired coal miner from Union County by the name of Jerry Baird had an idea. His goal was to remove one of the stumbling blocks of optimum school performance for students of Union County. Baird created what is now known as Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet, Inc. or Happy Feet for short.
Baird knew that not having basic personal items can distract a child from performing well in school. A new pair shoes can help build self-esteem and reduced teasing and bullying. Baird says, “Through Happy Feet we attempt to improve a child’s perspective about attending school by providing them a quality pair of athletic shoes. A happy student becomes a better learner, thus the name Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet.”
Since 2009, the Happy Feet program has grown rapidly. They’re now incorporated as a 501c3. All donations are tax deductible. The Happy Feet program operates in nine counties including Livingston County. The program has grown from providing shoes for 450 students the first year to over 3000 pairs of shoes in 2013. They project an increase again in 2014.
On Tuesday May 27th representatives from Shoe Carnival visited all of Livingston County Schools to measure the feet of students who will need new shoes when they return to school in August.
Individual donors and corporate sponsors are always welcome and encouraged to become a part of this much needed program. One pair of shoes cost $30.00. 10 pairs of shoes cost $300. The smile on the face of a child who has just received a new pair of shoes supplied through Happy Feet is worth much more than the cost of the shoes.
Donations in any amount can be sent to: Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet, Inc. c/o Jerry Baird 1020 St. Rt, 56E Morganfield, Ky 42437. Please specify it is for Livingston County students.