Rowland students get free shoes

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For one morning last week, the courtyard of Giano Intermediate School in West Covina was transformed into a shoe store, the kind of shoe store some women dream about.

Shoes that usually grace the shelves of high-end boutiques were handed out for free to the waiting arms of elementary and middle school girls in the Rowland Unified School District.

They sat on cement benches trying them on, delighting in the colors and designs, and planning what they would wear with them on the first day of school on Aug. 24.

For many, they will be the only shoes they get this year. And for their parents, the gift provided much-needed relief in tough economic times.

The giveaway was part of a movement by a pair of West Covina sisters and shoe designers to provide shoes to children across the country living in poverty.

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