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RICHMOND, Va. — The New School for Back To School Ministry of The Richmond Partnership of Churches is now in its 11th year and gearing up for the annual New Shoes give-a-way on Labor Day.

This year the Ministry will host the new shoe give-away at two locations, at Third Street Bethel A.M.E. Church, 614 N. Third Street and The Annex of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, 1701 Turner Road, Richmond, doors will open at 8 a.m.

The Ministry is meeting the needs of students on the North and South of the James in Metropolitan Richmond and in surrounding counties.

New shoes will be given out free of charge to students Kindergarten to 12th grade, parents must accompany their children to the location closet to them. The giveaway will end at 4 pm with each child walking away one pair of new shoes.

The Ministry began in 2006 at Third St. Bethel AME, 712 pairs were given out to students, and it has grown to a total of over 76,000 pairs of new shoes given out.

This year, there are a total of 13 churches and synagogues that are participating. To donate new shoes or a monetary gift call 804-221-7394 or 804-937-0901.

Genworth Free Community Day
Monday, Sept. 4; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE admission all day long; includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! and Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas exhibits
A celebration of the Richmond community with music, Wild Art, butterflies and more :

  • 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Music by DJ Stephen Greene with dancing and free Salsa and Bachata lessons. Location: Kelly Education Center Auditorium
  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Music by the Heavy Hitter DJ Lonnie B hosted by Kelli Lemon mixing contemporary hip hop, R&B and more. Location: under the tent at Bloemendaal House

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is honored to be recognized among the nation’s top 4 botanical gardens (USA Today, 2016) For more details visit or call 804-262-9887.


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