Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Sometimes there's only one way to get kids moving and that's receiving a new pair of sneakers.
On Wednesday, more than 300 Dover Elementary School students in North went home with a new pair of black shoes.
TOMS Shoe Company works with more than a dozen schools in the Palmetto State and is helping 7,070 children. TOMS goal: to promote a healthy life style for kids.
Dover Elementary School Principal Matt Schilit said he was stunned by the generous donation.
"I found out about it through a congratulations email from the deputy director of Save the Children," Schilit said. "It was a massive surprise."
Kindergarten teacher Mary Pent at Dover spent some time and helped kids put on their new black Velcro kicks.
"These shoes would be great shoes to wear to PE class," Pent said. "Some children didn't have tennis shoes for PE."
This is the first project for the TOMS Shoe Company in the U.S. parenting with Save the Children.
"We want to promote a healthy lifestyle and active lifestyle and these shoes are kind of a reminder of that," Schilit said.
The company has distributed more than 10 million pairs of shoes worldwide.