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Philadelphia Charter School Holding Shoe Recycling Drive

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Wondering what to do with your old smelly sneakers? Why not recycle them? One local charter school is hoping you’ll do just that.

Harambe Institute in West Philadelphia kicked off its Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe Campaign, which takes old sneakers and recycles them. The material is then used in basketball courts and running tracks across the country. The School’s Dean of Students Jamal Davis says the drive will teach the students about recycling.

“We’re doing our world a difference by recycling. And it’s just a good way to show our students how to make a difference in their community. To us, that’s what it’s about,” Davis explains.

Davis says they hope to collect at least 1,000 pairs of sneakers. Since Friday, they’ve already received 500 pairs.

“You can bring all your used sneakers by the bag load. You can even bring a truck, we will accommodate,” Davis says.

For information on when and where to donate, call 215-472-8770.

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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  • Rick Lucas

    That is a great idea. In my opinion, starting early to teach kids to recycle should be our long term goal in creating a greener world.

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