The Oakland Press/
June 22, 2016
A local nonprofit and a shoe boutique have donated sneakers to a Pontiac boy who was recently robbed at gunpoint of his cell phone and shoes.
CheKeita Jones, executive director for Kicks 4 Kids — a nonprofit geared towards equipping underprivileged kids with adequate footwear — said her organization felt for the young man who was recently robbed near his home in Pontiac.
May 26, 2016
Kicks 4 Kids (K4K), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing adequate footwear for children, sponsored a free shoe giveaway at Golightly Education Center on Thursday, May 26. K4K surprised the students by donating approximately 75 pairs of sneakers to students in grades four through eight.
Because the amount of shoes given away to students is less than Golightly’s enrollment, Principal Shirita Hightower worked with K4K to select students by their homeroom teachers with the focus being on economic need.
The Oakland Press
May 20, 2016
Jayln Story, a third-grader at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence, was among 27 ecstatic children in teacher Alecia Mooney’s class to get receive a free pair of sneakers from Pontiac-based nonprofit Kicks 4 Kids on Friday. While Story was jumping for joy, he wasn’t the only one. Students cheered and clapped along with teachers at the school when they opened their boxes of Nike, Adidas and Jordan tennis shoes, then were given cupcakes and juice boxes.
July 2, 2015
Kicks 4 Kids is a non-profit and our goal is to get adequate footwear for children and boost kids’ confidence at the same time. In 2011, I was a teacher in Pontiac and I noticed the students in my class were wearing worn down shoes. So I decided to get them some shoes. I hosted a fundraiser event where people purchased tickets and could donate cash, gently worn, or newly purchased sneakers. The event was a huge success and I raised enough money to buy each sixth grader a new pair of shoes, which I handpicked to match the kids’ personalities.
Detroit Free Press
June 13, 2015
Chekeita Jones, 33,of Auburn Hills places 60 pairs of shoes she plans to raffle off on the Kicks4Kids Foundation, during the East Detroit Community Safety Fair and Marshmallow drop at the Heilmann Recreation center in Detroit on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Jones is a math teacher at Brenda Scott Academy and plans to give 400 shoes away to kids in need.
February 25, 2015
You wouldn’t think that something so basic as shoes would inspire a philanthropic movement. Yet, when 1999 Notre Dame Prep grad CheKeita Jones, who at the time was a teacher in the Pontiac school district, noticed that many of her elementary-school students wore ill-fitting, worn out shoes, boots and hand-me-downs, she thought there must be something she could do about it.
By John Turk, The Oakland Press
December 21, 2014
A collaborative charity event held Sunday in Pontiac drew around 300 volunteers and created 2,000 holiday care packages for the area’s homeless. The Clarence Phillips Ascend Foundation and a grouping of 10 other local community service organizations joined together at the Robert W. Bowen Senior Center to gather donated warm clothes, shoes, food and more to distribute. Once the packaging was done, volunteers drove to various warming centers, homeless shelters, charity organizations and elsewhere to deliver the packages. Volunteers from as far away as Indiana and Ohio came to join the holiday event, titled “Mission to Feed 2,000,” which raised more than $13,000 in food donations.
By Mela Monrose
May 12, 2014
Kicks 4 Kids Foundation is more than sneakers for a few kids. CEO CheKeita Jones (in the middle of the picture) is lacing up a movement. I’ll be the first to admit, I often fall right into the pit of out of sight out of mind a lot of the times. It was until I spent time with CheKeita that I really put some thought to the appreciation of the work she and her board members are doing for the less fortunate. She could easily show up for work, do a job, and leave. Right? No, she can’t. She saw a need, one that she could help with. She decided to do something and has stayed committed with or without the necessary help for the 3 years.
By Diana Dillaber Murray
Oakland Press News
April 23, 2012
PONTIAC — Sixth-grade teacher Che-Keita Jones, who organized a Kicks 4 Kids fundraiser at Woodys in Royal Oak, raised $2,100 this year to buy new sneakers for almost 50 Alcott Elementary students. Burn Rubber donated three pairs and other individuals donated four pairs. Many of her students come from large, low-income families that can’t afford to buy new shoes for all of their children. Jones presented the sneakers to the children just before she was transferred to another Pontiac school in connection with the layoff of more than 40 teachers.