Have you ever paid it forward?

One group of Hudson Valley students was inspired on either day to pay it forward with the help of their community.

In a press release Courtney Bonfante, the District Public Information Officer for George L. Cooke Elementary school explained "On Earth Day, when they learned about how long it takes for sneakers to decompose in the local landfill, they wondered if there was a way to recycle sneakers instead of throwing them away."

After a brainstorm session the students came up with the idea of "collecting sneakers and shipping them to developing countries to help keep sneakers out of the local landfills, while also putting shoes on the feet of less-fortunate people around the world."

For the rest of the school year students will be collecting gently-used sneakers, rubber soccer cleats, and rubber baseball cleats.

If you or someone you know is interested in making a donation, feel free to drop the sneakers off at the Cooke school during normal business hours.

The George L. Cooke Elementary School is located at 69 Richardson Avenue in Monticello.

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