MONROE, La. (AP) – A new coalition is providing athletic shoes for 40 children at one Louisiana elementary school.
LSU AgCenter nutrition agent Markaye Russell says members learned that children were coming to the office at Barkdull Faulk Elementary School in Monroe, crying because their shoes were too small and hurt their feet, or were falling apart.
She says in a news release that those problems made it hard for the children to participate in physical education classes or run and play at recess. Physical activity lowers the risk of obesity, which is a big problem in Louisiana.
Monroe City School Board member Jennifer Haneline proposed the project in September to the Ouachita Parish Healthy Communities Coalition.
Other project supporters include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance programs, Academy Sports and Outdoors, and The Bruscato Law Firm.