Margarita Muniz Academy launches first-ever shoe drive fundraiser

The Margarita Muniz Academy(munizacademy.org) is conducting its’ first ever shoe drive fundraiser from now thru November 15th to raise funds help develop Civic Leadership skills in our students. The Muniz Academy will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs (a non-profit agency) will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit Muniz Academy students. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the school site – 20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners in underdeveloped countries. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Cecilia Soriano, Director of Development at the school. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, they can clean out their closet, we raise money for the development of Civic Leadership in our students, and we all have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.”

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Margarita Muniz Academy, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.

Muniz Academy is dedicated to full cultural and linguistic fluence in Spanish and English for all our students. Through deep partnerships with our families and community, we prepare students for higher education, careers, and civic leadership.

Muniz Academy is an exciting Innovation School, part of the portfolio of Boston Public Schools. As the District’s first dual language high school, Muniz Academy offers Boston’s bilingual students and English Learners a holistic education model. Margarita Muniz Academy implements a college preparatory, culturally relevant two-way bilingual curriculum that provides students with the skills necessary for success in higher education and beyond.  The Muniz Academy has three critical platforms for Dual Language Learning that share the core social value of social justice through authentic connections to the community:  Expeditionary Learning, the arts and technology.

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