By Melissa Murphy
Sixth grader Gabriel Saenz is a good friend, good at sports and great.
And has three new pairs of shoes that prove it.
A radio contest sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority encouraged students in fourth through eighth grade to “stand against stigma” on the Walk In Our Shoes website by designing their own shoe.
After the month-long, statewide sweepstakes, Saenz’s mother, Ginger Saenz was called to let them know he was a finalist and then again when he won the grand prize.
Saenz designed a red Converse-type shoe and was awarded a $200 Zappos gift card and was able to purchase three pairs of shoes, a hat and some socks with his reward.