On Tuesday, April 5, students and staff members at St. Francis DeSales High School will experience "One Day Without Shoes."

On Tuesday, April 5, students and staff members at St. Francis DeSales High School will experience "One Day Without Shoes."

"It might be cold, it'll probably be uncomfortable and their feet will certainly get dirty, but by doing so, they hope to help raise awareness of the impact a simple pair of shoes can bring to a child's life," according to an announcement from school spokeswoman Karen Cofojohn.

One Day Without Shoes is an annual event hosted by Tom's Shoes in which students, friends, parents and coworkers host or participate in events without shoes.

"Some go without shoes for an hour, some for the whole day, but all become a part of a greater movement toward change," according to Cofojohn.

Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot and some walk without shoes for miles each day. In Ethiopia, approximately 1 million people are suffering from a debilitating disease called podoconiosis, which is 100-percent preventable with basic hygiene and shoes.

Along with choosing to go barefoot, DeSales students will take part in a gently used shoe drive for the St. Vincent De Paul Free Store. They will also have the opportunity to purchase and decorate a pair of Tom's shoes. This purchase will allow the Tom's organization to give a pair of shoes to a child in need.

Those who would like to donate gently used shoes are asked to drop them off to St. Francis DeSales High School on or before April 5.