Kiera Hashinger and Mia Truett don't plan to walk to Washington, D.C., next summer.
But they will need shoes to get there - at least 26,000 pair of them if they are to raise the money the need to attend the June, 2020, Junior National Young Leaders Conference.
They have contracted with a group that collects, cleans, and bags each pair and then ships them overseas.
There the shoes will help residents build their own small businesses and develop financial independence.
The organization will pay the girls for the shoes. They will receive $1,000 for every 100 bags of shoes they send in; each bag will contain 25 pair of shoes. Each girl will have to pay just under $2,400 for the trip. That means they will need to collect 26,000 pair of shoes to pay for the trip. They know they may not be able to collect that many shoes, so they've also come up with other fundraising projects.
Later this month, they will be taking orders for subs; in January, they will be selling Zook's pot pies.
But as they were looking for ways to make money, collecting shoes was among the top choices.
"Shoes came up and we started researching how to make money with them. Shoes are needed throughout the world. People have to have shoes," Kiera said.
"We want to get them for people who need them," Mia said.
"We can take sneakers, dress shoes, boots, sandals and even flip-flops," Kiera said. "We can use ones for kids and for adults. They must be gently-used, nothing with holes in them, and they have to be in pairs."
The girls have set out collection boxes at several locations in the community. As of last week, the boxes were at The Daily Grind on W. 4th St., Quarryville, the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Rd., St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Robert Fulton Highway, Union Presbyterian Church, Street Rd., Kirkwood, Powl's Feed Service, Rt. 272, Peach Bottom, and Walton Hidden Treasures, Musser's Plaza, the Buck.
They will also be going door to door.
"We'll be taking flyers to our neighbors and then go back to collect shoes," Kiera said. "We expect to get a lot of shoes."
The girls' language arts teacher nominated them for the conference.
"Schools from all over the country nominate students for it," Kiera said.
"And the first of them to accept are the only ones that get to go," Mia added.
The six-day conference will include developing leadership traits, setting goals, and how to use newly-learned skills to improve their home communities.
"We'll learn public speaking and learn how to help people better understand what's going on in their world," Kiera said.
"We'll also learn teamwork and be able to take that back to our school," Mia said.