Christel House Academy South and West named 2014 Payless Gives(TM) Shoes 4 Kids partners

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Christel House Academy South and West are pleased to announce their selection as official partners of Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. Christel House academies will distribute merchandise certificates for children's shoes to numerous families at their two Indianapolis campuses.

In partnering with the Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids program, Christel House academies hope to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible, by helping struggling families provide their children with basic essentials.

"We are delighted once again to be part of this important initiative, which helps provide shoes to our students who are most in need," said Carey Dahncke, Chief Academic Officer of Christel House Academy. "Payless ShoeSource continues to be an invaluable resource as we seek to transform lives and help students re-imagine their futures."

This is the seventh year of the Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids program. Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are important for children's health and development, a striking number of children don't own a pair of shoes that fit. Christel House Academy South and West, and Payless ShoeSource strive to help local families combat this problem in their homes and communities.

About Christel House International

The mission of Christel House is to transform the lives of impoverished children around the world—breaking the cycle of poverty and building self-sufficient, contributing members of society. A focus on academic excellence through a robust K–12 curriculum is combined with a strong character development program and holistic human development to give students the skills and competencies necessary to compete successfully in complex 21st Century society. Much more than a school, Christel House was established in 1998 by Founder and CEO Christel DeHaan, and currently serves more than 4,100 impoverished children through seven learning centers—located in India, Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A., as well as a career development program in Venezuela. Christel House maintains a 96% high school graduation rate, and the majority of its graduates go on to pursue higher education. They become productive citizens, and many secure employment with top multinational corporations. Christel House graduates are confident, hardworking, responsible and ethical, with a passion for giving back to their communities and caring for their families. For more information, please visit

CONTACT: Media Contact: Ariana Gainer Phone: (317) 735-4126 Email: againer@christelhouse.orgSource:Christel House International