- Robert Alexander Moore
- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, senior
In 2011, Robert Moore decided he wanted to organize a shoe drive for underprivileged and wounded children living overseas.
He and a classmate were throwing around potential names for the project when his friend came up with “Kicks for Kids.” The name stuck. Despite a busy school year and numerous extracurricular activities, Robert found a way to make Kicks for Kids a reality.
Robert reached out to local businesses, and friends and relatives and asked for donations. Kicks for Kids collected over 800 pairs of shoes — and still counting.
The shoes were donated to Afghan children through a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
Robert’s shoe drive was inspired by Ken Wilson, an Atlanta doctor and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Robert heard Wilson speak at Holy Innocents’ about his work in an Afghan hospital.
“Robert did an outstanding job,” Wilson said. “ I know that the soldiers who distributed the shoes after my departure were all impressed with his effort, and the shoes went a long way to ease tensions and to bring smiles to the faces of the less fortunate in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.”
Helping out the less fortunate is a priority for Robert. Community service has always been important to him. With Kicks for Kids, he was able to expand his contribution to a global scale.
“I am very proud to have been able to help that many people and it’s quite humbling to know that my service has influenced people around the world,” Robert said.
Robert also captains his school’s varsity soccer team. He is the vice president for the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Mathematics Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Society, and he is secretary for the Science National Honor Society in addition to holding other leadership roles in his community.
“My mother and father have always encouraged me to help others so I’m not sure there was ever a certain point where I decided to start giving back; I guess it’s something I’ve just been raised to do,” Robert said.
Giving back through his service with Kicks for Kids is just one of Robert’s service projects. He’s taught underprivileged kids, assisted in post-Katrina reconstruction, and volunteered at numerous food kitchens and homeless shelters around Atlanta.
Robert plans on applying to Vanderbilt, Stanford, Emory, and the University of Pennsylvania this year. After high school Robert hopes to major in economics. He also plans on continuing Kicks for Kids.