- By Sarah Peters Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
More than 300 elementary school students chattered excitedly as they plucked brand new pairs of shoes from a backpack and tried them on during Santa’s visit to their classroom Tuesday.
The jolly man in the red suit had help from his elves at the West Palm Beach law firm law firm of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith. The firm worked with children’s charity In Jacob’s Shoes to provide each student at Lake Park Elementary School with shoes and holiday gifts.
“Our wish is to provide immense joy to the students who, like all children, deserve well-fitting, clean and stylish shoes,” said attorney Alicia Zweig.
The firm’s lawyers prepared more than 375 backpacks with a pair of shoes and socks that they then helped the students try on.
Zweig founded In Jacob’s Shoes in memory of her brother, who was fatally stabbed at the age of 17 in 2008. The charity gives new and gently-used shoes, backpacks, school supplies and athletic gear to children in need so they can have pride and play sports with dignity.
Last week, Santa’s assistants from the Palm Beach Gardens High School Future Business Leaders of America brought gifts for each child. About 96 percent of the elementary school’s students are eligible for free or reduced lunches.