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Run to provide shoes for JMCSS students

JACKSON, Tenn. – Every day, almost 13,000 students sit in classrooms in the Jackson-Madison County School System. Thousands of those young boys and girls live in poverty.

Stringent new guidelines show approximately 40 percent of JMCSS families are in poverty. By federal standards that means a family of four survives on $24,600 a year or less. Each of the District’s students is provided free breakfast and lunch every day. But some of their needs go beyond that essential. Some students don’t have the shoes they need to participate in some Physical Education activities at school.

There’s a way to change that – the Goody2Shoes 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run. Each $25 pre-registration fee will buy a pair of shoes for a JMCSS student in need. How many students receive these free shoes depends on the number of participants.

Runners in the 5K have until Friday, September 15, to pre-register and be guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration, however, will be allowed until race day for an added cost. Awards will be given in 16 categories.

Goody2Shoes, which begins at Jackson’s AMP at the Market, is September 21 at 6 p.m. You can register online at

Donations can also be made through the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation. Taking part in the 1 Mile Fun Run is free.

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