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PORTLAND -- A special class has been leaving an important footprint for students beyond the classroom at Portland s Catlin Gabel School.

A group of students has been working to design a shoe with a price point around $50. Five teams collaborate to come up with a unified design after sketching out ideas and producing a prototype.

The class has been funded by the Knight Family Scholars Program, an endowment from Nike s Phil Knight and his wife Penny.

Organizers said it's about developing leaders for tomorrow.

We've been splitting up our jobs. Some people are drawing, some people are sketching their ideas in the book and some people are critiquing those ideas, said junior Reed Johnson.

I think really learning about the process and being able to experience it hands-on with a team of people was probably the most the most valuable thing that I've learned, added freshman Hayle Meyerhoff.

As part of the lesson, the students will be mentored by shoe design professionals. This will include some of the biggest in the industry at Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland.

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