It’s Back to School Time for Madison County KY
This time of the year, parents are busy getting their students ready for the upcoming school year, with a full list of school supplies, clothing, shoes, backpacks and any extracurricular uniforms and/or registration fees. Although going back to school is an exciting time of the year, it can also be exhausting emotionally and financially. And unfortunately, many children in Madison County go without, due to financial restraints. Current statistics state that 21% of the population in Madison County, KY (79,904 people) live below the poverty line, which is higher than the national average of 14.7%. (Data USA)
In response to our local need, God’s Outreach along with the Eastside Community Church started the Tracks for Packs 5K Run/Walk event in Richmond KY in 2012. Soft Shoe is proud to be a sponsor of this event from the start, and this year we are a proud Platinum Sponsor of Tracks for Packs.
What is Tracks for Packs?
Tracks for Packs 5K began as a grassroots effort to assist those in the Madison County community who are hungry. Each month, the Madison Backpack Program sends more than 2,000 backpacks home with students in throughout Madison County schools. These backpacks are full of food that helps the students and their families survive the weekend without hunger pains. Supplying food and backpacks to so many students can be expensive. In the spring of 2012, a group of Madison County residents got together and decided to put on a fundraising event to benefit the Madison Backpack Program. The Tracks for Packs 5K was born!
In it’s first five years, Tracks for Packs 5K raised more than $105,000 for the Madison Backpack Program through the support of many local businesses and individuals. There are also more than 400 people who participate in the race each year with dozens of sponsors.
Event Fundraising Totals:
- 2012 – $15,000
- 2013 – $18,000
- 2014 – $20,000
- 2015 – $26,000
- 2016 – $26,000
The 2017 Tracks for Packs 5K Run/Walk is on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Richmond Centre, Richmond, KY (The starting line is at the Fountain). Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the Race begins at 8 a.m.
Registration is now open for the 5th annual Tracks for Packs 5k run/walk will be held on September 9th, 2017. The cost to participate is $15 for adults, and $5 for kids 18 and younger. T shirts are not included in the price; however, they will be sold separately for $10 each. Race winners in each age group will be awarded at the end of the race. [REGISTER NOW]
Soft Shoe’s Back to School Coupon
We understand how far your wallet can be stretched when shopping for your kids’ return to school, so we’re here to help with a coupon that runs through August 31st. We also have a HUGE storewide Summer Clearance going on with great deals on kids, young adults, women and men’s shoes and apparel.
In preparation for Back-to-School time, we have stocked our shelves with a HUGE inventory of Nike, Under Armour, Converse, Brooks for young adults … and Stride Rite, Nike and Skechers for the kids. Here’s a small preview of the abundant selection of shoes for all ages:
Back to School Styles for Kids
We Welcome EKU new & returning Students for the Fall of 2017 Semester
Eastern Kentucky University is less than a mile down the road from Soft Shoe and thus we are always happy to welcome back our EKU neighbors in the Fall who are regular visitors of our store. Our inventory selections are often based on the EKU college student’s wants and needs in apparel and shoes, including the latest trends. Here’s a preview of young men and women’s shoes and apparel for our EKU students. (including Under Armour, Muck boots, Dansko shoes, Chaco, Birkenstock, Ahnu, Nike, Converse, Brooks, Merrell, Keen, Kavu bags … and now True Grit pullovers!)