KRQE Cares: Janet Kahn Elementary School

KRQE Cares: Janet Kahn Elementary School
KRQE Cares: Janet Kahn Elementary School

This is Janet Kahn School of Integral Arts, formerly known as Eubank Elementary. Their mission: to teach kids an artistic approach to learning however most of the kids weren’t able to celebrate the new school year with new backpacks or shoes. But that was about to change…

KRQE Cares partnered with Assistance League of Albuquerque and Payless Shoesource to ensure no child would go home without a brand new pair of shoes.

Nearly 500 kids were given a brand new pair of shoes at no cost to their families. The kids even got to meet their hero, all the way from Central City!

Over 700 pairs of shoes were donated and over $8000 was raised to make this day possible.

Thanks to you, KRQE Cares will be able to reach several more schools in our community. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

Thank you. And thank you to the volunteers who helped make these kid’s day.

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About KRQE Cares & Shoes for Kids

Thirty percent of children in New Mexico live in poverty. That’s nearly half a million kids… the highest rate in the US. This has put New Mexico at the bottom of most of national lists of education, health and well-being.

KRQE Cares started with a simple campaign: providing new shoes for children whose families couldn’t afford them. Over the past two years, KRQE Cares has given more than 6,500 pairs of shoes to elementary students in selected Title I APS schools. When you see the looks on the faces of the children whose lives are touched, you begin to understand why this matters.   But this is only a drop in the bucket – we have schools all over the state asking us to help them, too.

KRQE Cares Shoes for Kids Shoe Drives are in January and August each year. But the Shoe Drives are only a start. We’ve joined forces with Albuquerque Public Schools Title One Homeless Project and a local grocery chain for an early summer Food Drive, KRQE Cares Food for Kids. That’s a time of great need for homeless families whose children lose school-provided lunches over the summer. In November, KRQE Cares Books for Kids raises money for the APS Title 1 Storytime in the Park Program. This program encourages and enhances early childhood literacy.

Together, we can make an impact on some of most persistent problems New Mexico faces.

This is KRQE Cares – backed by the power of our four television stations, two websites, social media and you.

How You Can Help

Shoes for Kids

You can donate a pair of shoes at any Albuquerque Payless Store in the month of January and August.  You can also drop off a pair of new athletic shoe here at the KRQE station. Or you can go to – the Assistance League of Albuquerque and make a donation.

Thanks to our Partners – Assistance League of Albuquerque and Payless Shoe Source.

Food for Kids

You can donate non-perishable food in the month of June to our local grocery store partner.

Books for Kids

You can donate to and support other foundation programs. Be sure to designate STORYTIME IN THE PARKS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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