WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) - Ron Hunter, the basketball coach at IUPUI, is proving to be agreat recruiter. He's also recognized for his ability to remindpeople that charity is a bare necessity.
Westfield High School graduates decided to bring attention toCoach Hunter's charity and walk barefoot as they received theirdiplomas.
"I thought that it would be a really cool idea to have our classdo one last thing. A unified step towards awareness, compassion forother people, and that this would be a really good way to do it,"Westfield senior Hannah Adams said.
Graduation became a shoes optional event in honor of SamaritansFeet. That's the program Coach Hunter has promoted coachingbarefoot to help put shoes on needy children around the world.
Adams asked her principal whether her class could graduatebarefoot.
"Every time I think they can't surprise me, they do," saidWestfield High School Principal Stacy McGuire.
Principal McGuire can be pretty straight-laced about traditionat graduation. But, this time, even she went barefoot.
"I think it's very important to meet the needs of the kidsbecause it's their graduation and if this is what they want to doand how they want to make their mark on the school and thecommunity, you have to take that into account," McGuireexplained.
They collected an array of Crocs before Tuesday night's ceremonyand hoped graduation would attract more shoes or at least cash tobuy them.
Hannah hopes it inspires her fellow graduates, "That's really myvision for it all. (It) is just taking a step out in awareness andour first step into the real world as adults, one being ofcompassion and service to others."
Principal McGuire hopes the graduating classes that follow thisone are as willing to reach out and are as aware of the world.That's a tradition she'd like to see even if next year's classprefers to wear shoes at graduation.
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