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It’s not every day that you show up to school have have your classroom surrounded with shoes from inspirational people.

Two years ago, teacher Matt Hamilton started a “Shoe Club” as a way to reach each of his students.  In order to become a member of the club, students must read two motivational books, write a short paper about what they learned from reading the books and come up with 10 goals they have set for themselves.

After completing these steps, they can bring in a shoe for me to hang into the classroom.  He currently has over 100 shoes and he says “it only stinks a little bit, haha”.  The shoes hang as reminders to all of the students to work hard, make good choices, to not bully others, and to walk in each other’s shoes.

They meet regularly to discuss situations the kids encounter as well as participate in several volunteer projects.  The point of the club is to help kids deal with life’s issues in appropriate ways, set goals and to dream big.

Mr. Hamilton’s classroom holds shoes from all sorts of people, inventors and athletes.  Michael Jordan, Arnold Palmer, Tony Hawk, Maria Sharapova, Martin Cooper, Charlie Duke and Erik Weihenmayer are a few people who have sent us their shoes.  These shoes serve as an inspiration for club members and other students. Each person that he receives shoes from of course has their own unique story and lesson that he makes sure to share with his students.  It has allowed him to talk and focus on such topics as; vision, persistence, determination, optimism, thoughtfulness, opportunism, perseverance, ingenuity, confidence and leadership to name a few.

These things would be hard to talk about in a regular 6th grade social studies setting.  In his program he is using the shoes to inspire and motivate his students in a lot of different way.

Hopefully the dedication of this one teacher to enrich his students lives will be carried to other schools and programs.

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  • fnmamba24

    nice, autographed Bruce Lees! That kid poppin the Kobe Jersey is representing!

  • kchapanoff23

    kobe i dont know if you read this stuff. but i met somebody who reps someone from the la kings and he got me your game worn jersey which you signed. i got it on 5-13-10 his name is gary prolman. and i just wanted to thank you i am a huge fan i live in portland maine. thanks

  • jayjoka

    Wow….wanna meet kb24 or at least get tickets 2 a laker game kb24 da best ever

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/dsl10/ crazy fan of KB24

    ohhh i want them

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/asa223/ Asa24

    wow i now tht those are happy

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/asa223/ Asa24

    those kids

  • lakerfan4life

    Kobe you are a cool man! Wishing I could see you dominate the suns! Good luck!

  • lakersk1d

    I want them so bad!!!!!!

    Also, can you sign autographs at a Lakers VS Kings game in Sacramento, because I live around there. Thanks Kobe!!!!

  • lakergyrl

    That’s Awesome, Kobe:)!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/waunie/ Waunie Wilson

    This is pretty cool!!

  • lj23

    gimme dose shoes!!!!! too bad cavs lost. I wood luv to see the mathc of the legends!

  • akuni

    Hope u get to read this mamba…i’m a very big fan of yours and i hope u don’t mind if i name my baby after you…hahhahaha…kb24 is the greatest player ever…

  • shannesha

    That school is lucky I want to get signed KB shoes.
    That kid with KB 24 jersey know how to be a baller.

  • kingkobe24blackmomba

    Hey Kobe.You should donate some shoes to me because I was going to get those shoes but my dad said no.

  • kingkobe24blackmomba

    My cousin designs Nike’s

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/txmamba125/ Michael

    Great Job Kobe. I would go crazy meeting you i can just imagine these kids. Keep up the good work, and let’s repeat!! Go Lakers!!