Bandys High School coach has a shoe store for an office - | WBTV Charlotte

Bandys High School coach has a shoe store for an office

(Kristen Hampton | WBTV) (Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

There are no limits to what many teachers will give of themselves to make sure their students don’t go without.

Case in point at Bandys High School in Catawba County - a track coach there makes sure his athletes have everything they need, and he dips into his own pockets to do it.

Coach Jason Barnes has been at Bandys for a little more than three years. In that time his office has been referred to as a "shoe store." But the shoes aren’t for sale. He buys them with his own money and gives them away for free.

“We’d go to a track meet and I’d have kids running in basketball shoes,” Barnes said.

He shops sales in stores and online to find good deals on shoes.

“If I can get them cheap, and they’re decent shoes, I’ll try to pick them up if at all possible,” Barnes said.

It’s not a secret most teachers don’t make six figures, and Coach Barnes is no exception. But teaching sometimes doesn’t come from a book, it comes from a heart.

“They deserve it. They go out there and they work hard and they do the things you ask them to do,” Barnes said.

But he also said he’s not the one that should be getting the attention. The shoe collector would have preferred the shout-out go to other teachers at Bandys who are clothes, food, and even money collectors - stockpiling just to give it away.

“I know what it’s like to not have anything," Barnes said. "And to have a teacher or a whole school step up to the bat for you, it’s a big deal.”

Copyright 2017 WBTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Hotels are adding 'resort fees' to your final bill

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:52 AM EST2018-01-23 13:52:18 GMT
    Credit: PixabayCredit: Pixabay

    If you're one of the millions of people who book hotels online, you may decide where to stay based on the lowest price.  But buyer beware, that advertised price might not be all you're expected to pay. 

    More >>

    If you're one of the millions of people who book hotels online, you may decide where to stay based on the lowest price.  But buyer beware, that advertised price might not be all you're expected to pay. 

    More >>
  • Driver strikes pole in Huntersville wreck

    Driver strikes pole in Huntersville wreck

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:24 AM EST2018-01-23 13:24:08 GMT
    Caroline Hicks | WBTVCaroline Hicks | WBTV

    The multi-vehicle crash happened on Beatties Ford Road at McCoy Road. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, one vehicle struck a pole. Two other vehicles were seen off of the road. 

    More >>

    The multi-vehicle crash happened on Beatties Ford Road at McCoy Road. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, one vehicle struck a pole. Two other vehicles were seen off of the road. 

    More >>
  • Here’s why Amazon says Charlotte didn’t make its HQ2 shortlist

    Here’s why Amazon says Charlotte didn’t make its HQ2 shortlist

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:07 AM EST2018-01-23 13:07:29 GMT
    WBTVWBTV

    Charlotte hyped up its appeal to millennials in its pitch to Amazon, but the city just didn’t have enough tech workers to meet the internet giant’s needs for a second headquarters.

    More >>

    Charlotte hyped up its appeal to millennials in its pitch to Amazon, but the city just didn’t have enough tech workers to meet the internet giant’s needs for a second headquarters.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly