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Cottage Grove Middle School students who do the morning announcements are encouraging people to donate tennis shoes. Pictured are (from left) Brady Burbank, Sam Johnson and Connor Mitchell. The school's R.A.H. Club is also helping. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Cottage Grove Middle School gets creative with shoe collection

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Everyone has them and Cottage Grove Middle School wants them.

Students want people to donate used tennis shoes to be recycled to people in developing countries and those who have experienced natural disasters.

Next year's eighth-graders are depending on the donations.

The school's shoe drive earns 50 cents a pound for the shoes. That money will pay for an anti-bullying program from Youth Frontiers for an eighth-grade retreat.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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