The South-Western City Schools Council of PTAs is giving people a way to clear out some closet space while helping to provide scholarships to the class of 2013.
The council is holding a shoe drive this year, to help fund its scholarship program.
"We're working with a company called Shoebox Recycling, and the more shoes we collect and turn into them, the more money we get," said Debra Todd, chair of the ways and means committee, which oversees the PTA council's fundraising efforts.
Shoebox Recycling is paying the council 50 cents for every pound of shoes that are donated, she said.
The council of PTAs will use the funds it raises for scholarships awarded in the spring to graduating seniors.
"We've set a goal of raising $2,000 and we're about a quarter of the way there," Todd said. "That's already a whole lot of shoes."
Boxes have been placed in every South-Western school and students, parents and community members can bring in their old shoes and place them in the box.
"When a box gets filled up, we schedule a pick up and give them to Shoebox Recycling," Todd said. "They donate or sell the shoes at a greatly reduced price in needy areas around the world and in the United States."
Just about any kind of shoe is accepted, including athletic shoes, dress shoes, clogs, loafers, slippers, flats, flip-flops, sandals, ballet shoes and boots, she said.
Roller or ice skates, roller blades, heavy "fireman style" boots and ski boots are not accepted, Todd said.
"They can be dirty, but we don't want shoes that have a lot of holes in them or are wet or mildewed," she said.
Pairs should be kept together by tying the laces, using rubber bands or connecting straps.
"We've been really pleased with the support we've received so far," Todd said. "I think a lot of students are really enthusiastic about asking their parents and family members for the shoes they don't need anymore.
"It's a great way to get rid of those old shoes that have been accumulating," she said.
The shoe drive will continue through the end of the school year, Todd said.
Any money raised after the council's scholarship committee names this year's recipients will be earmarked for next year's scholarship program, she said.
"If this effort proves successful, we'll be doing the shoe drive again next year," Todd said.
For more information, contact Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.