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11/4/07-Tyler

Elementary Students Get Chance To Pick Out Any Pair Shoes

They were like kids in a candy store only they were in a shoe store! KLTV 7's Tracy Watler was there Tuesday morning as 80 East Texas children got the chance to pick out any pair of shoes they wanted, all thanks to some high school students.

One by one, Wise Elementary students follow into Payless Shoe Source.  You wouldn't believe just moments later, you'd barely be able to walk around.  It was a mad dash to find that perfect pair.

Box after box and shoe after shoe, the kids got to try on their heart's desire.

"A pair of tennis shoes and mostly those kind of little high heels," says seven-year-old Alanta Speer.

Chapel Hill High School's Student Senate made all it possible by raising more than $7,000 at their homecoming fundraiser.

"This year a lot of our seniors got together one Saturday and we went everywhere and got so much money," says senior Victoria Willingham.

They raised so much money, each kid got to spend up to 25 dollars.

"You get to get two pairs and some kids don't even have any shoes," explains eight-year-old Gracie Hunter.

It's a simple act that means so much to these children in need.  

"These kids they can't just go and have shoes, they have to wear their older brother's shoes so it feels really good to be able to give them their own pair of shoes," Victoria adds.

"Actually I thought it was really funny because you can just see all the joy and happiness that was on the kids' faces," says freshman Kenneth Adams.

Smiles that got bigger and brighter after each pair was finally bought, bagged, and on their feet.

"I'm gonna get these shoes!" says four-year-old Brandon Stamps with a big smile on his face.'

After shoe shopping, the group enjoyed lunch at Lone Star Pizza and Burgers and then headed over to the Discovery Science Center for even more fun.

On Thursday, a group of students from Jackson Elementary, will get their chance to go shoe shopping.

Tracy Watler, Reporting tracy@kltv.com

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