There are only a few more days left to help support local students, while at the same time providing an opportunity to help people overseas.

As a new project this year, Hudson High School’s Service Learning class has been busy running a shoe drive. Amy Jordan, president of the Hudson Community Foundation, first approached HHS Service Learning teacher Gina Von Ville about the project.

The project had been ongoing with the Hudson Community Foundation, and Service Learning decided to join in to help. Residents can donate shoes to this program, which will then be sold to an organization that works with other countries and helps individuals start businesses by selling the shoes at a low cost to those in need. So far, more than 1,375 sets have been collected.

Service Learning is a 90-student class at Hudson High School. The students are chosen through an application and interview process. Throughout the year, they work on various service projects in the community, such as running projects to raise money or awareness at nursing homes, animal shelters, nonprofit businesses, schools and numerous other sites.

While all students help with the drive, members of Von Ville’s Service Learning section have a large role in this project, and they have done additional community projects this year such as creating a mural honoring the men at the Valor Home, and raising money for Folds of Honor, a charity that assists veterans.

This is the class’s first time doing this shoe drive, but Von Ville says, "I would love to make this an ongoing project because it seems like one that the community has embraced and now that we have the infrastructure set up, it could be easy to keep collecting.

"It is a great way for us to show gratitude for all of the extra things Hudson residents are privileged to have and put things we are no longer using to good use," she added. "It in turn can help our friends and neighbors as well as those in the global community. I think that this project truly shows that we are really more connected to each other than we sometimes realize."

She also expresses her thanks to Jordan and HHS Principal Brian Wilch, who have been vital to the success of this drive. Jordan has provided professional guidance regarding philanthropy and marketing; to help the drive with the COVID-19 shutdown that has resulted in the temporary closure of Hudson City Schools, Wilch has gone to the high school and hauled the shoes into the office to prevent any damage.

Anyone can drop off shoes in a bin in front of the high school, and the tentative end date for the shoe drive is at the end of April.

Service Learning’s Twitter, @LearningHudson, provides updates on the drive and is a way for residents to see what the class is doing and how they can get involved.