RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Two weeks ago, students at Roy Gomm Elementary pledged to make an extra effort to be kind, and gather thousands of shoes to donate. The children rose to the occasion to make Nevada Proud.
"We did an assembly and put posters up," said sixth-grader Sky Petrilla. "We tried to motivate them as much as we could."
On Friday, 2,400 hundred pairs of gently-used shoes were collected to be given out to less fortunate residents locally, and orphans in Kenya. The Gomm students and their families collected the shoes, as part of a 15-day Think Kindness campaign. The original goal was 1,000 pairs.
They also spent two weeks trying extra hard to be kind to others, and shun bullying. Sixth grader Katie Fielder said the focus really helped. "I think it helped motivate us and tell us we need to change our act a little bit. We forget how important being kind to our friends is."
The shoes will be given out for a free shoe day event in downtown Reno, and the ones leftover will be shipped to orphanages in Kenya.