Thanks to the generosity of a faith-based non-profit organization and the time of a local pastor, every student at Marion County R-II School will be receiving a pair of name-brand shoes this spring.

This is the second time Pastor Isaiah Jesch of the Nelsonville Assembly of God Church has helped the school get items through the Convoy of Hope based out of Springfield, Mo.

“I found out about the program about two years ago,” Jesch said. “Through their Rural Compassion ministry, they are able to help those in rural counties.”

Jesch said he has partnered with them in the past to help provide food and other supplies to individuals in rural Marion County.

Then, during last December’s Christmas concert, every student and parent received a pair of Bombas socks through the program. Around 400 socks were distributed that evening.

So Jesch decided to take it a step further and apply to get the shoes. And that approval was granted when he received a notification a couple of weeks ago.

“I believe we’ll be giving away about 236 pairs of shoes,” he said, adding the name-brand company does not want the publicity. “But everyone will receive shoes from the same company.”

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.