ALPENA, Mich. — A Michigan organization is coordinating an effort with the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District to provide new school shoes for students in need.

This is the second year Great Start Collaborative is running the program for preschool to fifth-grade students in the district, The Alpena News ( ) reported.

Great Start Collaborative coordinator Angie Bruning said the school district is taking donations of new shoes for area students. She said the organization has already received donations from Hunter’s Harvest and other area businesses in addition to a grant from United Way of Northeast Michigan.

Bruning said the group has received 50 requests for shoes so far. Last year, the program received 200 requests and ended in late August.

Bruning said the organization plans to continue this year’s program through October.

“We’re kind of leaving it open ended, just so that we can get as many kids shoes that need shoes, without limiting anything,” she said.

Information from: The Alpena News,