New shoes brighten the holiday for scores of Sherman kids

Displaying some of the shoes donated to students at Sherman Elementary School are James Windham, security specialist; Candy Roby, parent liaison, and Tammie Owens of Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial.
      It’s never too late for a holiday-season story about extraordinary generosity that benefitted elementary children.

      In December, just before students left for Mansfield City Schools’ two-week winter break, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial of Mansfield delivered $1,000 worth of new shoes to Sherman Elementary School.

      Brian Souder, managing partner in Modern Woodmen’s Mansfield office, said the firm was excited to make the donation.

      "We are a not-for-profit financial company providing life insurance, retirement and other services,” Souder said. “As we grow and the more people we help, we return a percentage of earnings back into the local community. We dedicate funds each year to support schools and other non-profits.”

      herman Principal Michael Brennan said the donation was greatly appreciated.

      “The students always light up when they receive a sorely needed pair of shoes,” Brennan said. “These types of donations help the students’ health, safety and self-esteem.”

      The Sherman shoes donation was in keeping with Modern Woodmen of America’s mission, as explained on the company’s website:

      "Modern Woodmen of America is the nation’s third-largest fraternal benefit society in terms of assets. Fraternalism is a unique combination of business and giving back to those we serve – a continuous cycle of positive impact,” the site says.

      “Modern Woodmen exists to improve quality of life for our members and the communities where they live, work and play. We do this through financial guidance and social, educational and volunteer activities.”

      Souder said the local office looks forward to continued interaction with Mansfield City Schools.

      “We know schools play a huge part in our community,” he said. “This was not a one-shot deal. We want to maintain a close relationship with our schools.”

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