Got Old Sneakers? EGHS Student Wants Them!

by | May 9, 2023

The idea is to keep the old shoes out of the landfill and to raise money for charity 

EGHS senior Rylee Shunney is collecting old sneakers and wants yours! She has set a goal of collecting 500 pairs of old sneakers by the end of May and she has 100+ pairs so far. She is partnering with Got Sneakers?, a sneaker recycling organization. The organization keeps old sneakers out of the landfill and gives money to nonprofits. 

For Shunney, a standout runner during her years at East Greenwich High School, the effort makes sense. 

“I have been lucky to have the best ‘gear’ for all my sports growing up and every child deserves that,” she said. “As a runner I go through sneakers often, and gently used shoes often end up in the landfill, which is terrible for the environment. Sneakers are 100 percent recyclable.”

According to Shunney, Got Sneakers collects the sneakers and determines if they can be repurposed or if they should be recycled. Sometimes that means a pair of gently used sneakers end up with someone who otherwise couldn’t afford a pair of sneakers. Or the shoes are recycled. 

“It is easy to help out,” Shunney said. “Drop your sneakers or cleats in any condition at one of the collection points or reach out to me to arrange a large donation pickup.”

The collection boxes are at Cole Middle School, EGHS, and AMP Training Center (816 Middle Road), or reach out to Rylee directly at [email protected].

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Lisa Fertik
Lisa Fertik
May 10, 2023 7:28 am

Terrific -are the collection boxes outside of the schools or should we go inside to drop sneaks ? Good luck with your project and cause!.

May 10, 2023 5:08 pm
Reply to  Lisa Fertik

Boxes are inside AMP, EGHS and Cole. Outside at 41 Boxwood. Ty for your support.

Lisa Fertik
Lisa Fertik
May 11, 2023 8:30 am
Reply to  Rylee

Cool thanks

May 10, 2023 5:10 pm
Reply to  Lisa Fertik

Boxes are inside at EGHS, Cole and AMP and outside at 41 Boxwood Dr through the end of May.
Thank you for your support.

Lanie C Heller
Lanie C Heller
May 11, 2023 11:33 pm
Reply to  Rylee

Thank you Rylee!! This is amazing from a runner & a EGHS XC / Track mom I thank you for your efforts!


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