On January 23rd, over 300 kindergarten through 3rd grade kids at Potrero School in El Monte were given a gift to help them thrive – a new pair of shoes. Nurses and staff from Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center began gathering donations of athletic shoes back in November. They know that comfortable, supportive shoes help children to learn, play, and thrive. “We’ve participated in Shoes That Fit for many years at Kaiser – supporting the community is a major part of Kaiser’s mission,” Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Chief Operations Officer Michelle Nowicki said. “Donating to Shoes That Fit is a perfect way for Kaiser to give back to the community.”

“We would like to thank Shoes That Fit and Kaiser Permanente for providing such a wonderful treat for Potrero School – it was amazing to see our students smiling and jumping around after trying on their new shoes,” Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia said. “These shoes will go a long way in helping our students stay happy, healthy and positive in and out of the classroom.”