"Green Sneakers"

By KBJR News 1

"Green Sneakers"

December 7, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 12:29 AM CST


Whether you call them tennis shoes, running shoes or sneakers, you know that the pair you have won't last forever.

When you're done with those shoes you can turn them in for a good cause.
Jeff Edmondson takes us to one Northland school that's recycling used running shoes in this week's "Your Green Life"

From Nike's and Reebok's to Air Jordan's, students and staff at Barnum High School are turning them in for recycling.

"Green Sneakers is just sneakers; no dress shoes, no sandals, no boots or anything like that", said Sam Anderson. 11th Grader at Barnum High School.

These sneakers will be sent all around the world.

" They will be going to places in Africa, Haiti, and other less developed countries who are not as fortunate as we are", said Erin Koski 11th Grader.

Last year students from across Minnesota collected nearly 40,000 pounds of shoes.
This year there are more than 1600 students involved from four Northland schools. The Green Sneakers EcoChallenge is part of a state–wide competition to see which school can collect the most pairs of shoes.

"If we collect the most amounts of shoes we can win up to 5,000 dollars for our program", said Sam Anderson.

The money earned by the winning school will go toward that school's community events activities.
The Green Sneakers Eco Challenge runs through Earth Day on April 22nd, 2012.
In Barnum, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands NewsCenter.

New Schools are encouraged to sign up for the challenge, to find out more please visit:
http://greensneakers.org
Or call: 877-505-2530

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