Band director gives shoes to needy kids in Honduras


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Katy Briel with children she met during a recent trip to Honduras.


Katy Briel with children she met during a recent trip to Honduras.


The students jumped up and down, danced and marveled at the guests who had come to give them shoes to replace their worn-out pairs or cover their bare, cut feet.

The Honduran students were more grateful and excited than Katy Briel could believe when she and a group of volunteers came to distribute the shoes in poverty-stricken areas of Honduras. Never had she seen students in a classroom more excited about something as simple as shoes to put on their feet, she said.

Briel, the band director at Clark-Pleasant Middle School, visited Honduras in October with TOMS Shoes, a U.S. company that donates a pair of shoes to children living in poverty for every pair purchased. The weeklong trip allowed Briel to visit schools in Honduras and give shoes to students, many of whom otherwise would go barefoot.

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