July 27, 2016

In preparation for the upcoming school year, Athens Wendy’s restaurants, Athens County Children Services, and Power 105-WXTQ-FM are excited to begin the 19th annual Lace Up for Kids; a back to school program dedicated to sending area children back to school with new gym shoes. As a result of Lace Up for Kids, it is expected that 300 Athens County children will be ready to take on a new academic school year with a new pair of shoes.

The local Athens Wendy’s restaurants, Athens County Children Services, and Power 105-WXTQ-FM are asking the Athens County community members to support this project by purchasing a pair of new tennis shoes, child or adult sized, and dropping them off at the Wendy’s locations on Richland Ave, or East State St., Power 105 on Columbus Rd in Athens, or one of the following Real Estate offices: Hayes Real Estate, LCR Realty, The Athens Real Estate Company, or Classic Gold Realty.

Applications for families to receive shoes for the upcoming school year will be available through Athens County Children Services caseworkers and school outreach workers. If people seeking application do not know their school outreach worker, and do not have a caseworker, they may call 740-592-3061 to get added to a waiting list. Children must be between the ages of 5 and 14, and families must be residents of Athens County to qualify. Families who would like more information may call Athens County Children Services.

The shoes will be collected through August 8th and will be distributed to the families on August 15th at The Plains Elementary School.

onetary contributions may be sent to: Lace Up For Kids, C/O Wendy’s, P.O. Box 320 Athens, Ohio 45701.

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