HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A Hampton 3rd grade class collected over 2,000 pairs of shoes for donation during a recent used shoe drive.

Students from George P. Phenix school in Hampton participated in the used shoe drive this year and outdone themselves by reaching a whopping 248 bags of shoes.

The initial school wide goal was only 150 bags over three months from November 22 through January 22.

Each bag contains 25 pairs of shoes which adds up to over 6,200 pairs of used shoes.

“Amazing job, Phenix Panthers,” members of the George P. Phenix PTSA congratulated the students for their philanthropic achievement.

One special group of students, Ms. Holbrooks’ 3rd grade class, collected over 2,000 pairs themselves.

Following the successful event, the shoes will given away, re-purposed and recycled in less-developed countries.

According to Aaron Davis, president of the Phenix PTSA, this is the second year the show drive has been sponsored by the Phenix PTSA.

The fundraiser serves as a way to provide classroom grants for projects and supplies so teachers aren’t paying as much out-of-pocket.

The fundraiser also helps raise funds without asking parents for money, Davis said.

PTSA volunteer Natalie Burrell helped count and verify each of the 6,200 pairs of shoes.