Boot-check time!


Jeannie Davis courtesy photo Thirty-eight pairs of brand-new cowboy boots were given to Big Piney High School seniors by the Jae Foundation during a special boot-check event held earlier this month. Julie Mackey and Kayleigh Hofer courtesy photos Nearly 80 pairs of Jae Boots were recently distributed to seniors graduating from Pinedale High School and Skyline Academy. Local homeschool students also received new boots from the Jae Foundation.

Pinedale, Big Piney seniors receive Jae Boots

SUBLETTE COUNTY — The Jae Foundation distributed more than 100 pairs of cowboy boots to the graduating seniors of Pinedale High School, Big Piney High School and Skyline Academy earlier this month. A handful of homeschooled students who will graduate in the coming weeks also received boots from the organization.

The cowboy boots, known affectionately as Jae Boots, are meant to stir up conversations about mental health and remind the wearer to regularly check in on others and to ask for help when needed.

The Jae Foundation was created in the wake of Jae Bing’s suicide in 2016 as friends and family sought to create something good from tragedy. Bing grew up in Pinedale, and as an avid country swing dancer, he loved wearing cowboy boots.

The Foundation hopes to create boot-check moments, where folks spend an hour or so slowing down, sharing Jae’s story, buying a friend — or stranger — a pair of cowboy boots, and checking in with them to see how they’re actually doing.

To learn more about the Jae Foundation, visit

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