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Calif. principal sells shoe collection to save jobs at her school

March 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Sacramento area principal is emptying her own closet to help offset budget cuts at her school.

Michele Miller is selling off her shoe collection that she has gathered over the past 15 years.

The principal of Jackson Elementary in El Dorado Hills is selling 285 pairs to help close a district budget gap of up to $2.2 million.

Miller said if she can get donations of $1,000 a pair, then that will save the jobs of about two dozen employees.

Miller said she has not received any orders for her shoes yet but is taking donations from those who want to help but don't need additional footwear.

The website accepts tax-deductible donations through PayPal, which funnels the money to a district account set up for the eight-week fundraiser.

In case you're interested, Miller wears a size 7 to 7½.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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