The students wanted to become familiar with the reality of the homeless, while spearheading a collection of non-perishable food items and monetary donations.
Through their efforts and the support of Rayside-Balfour citizens, they collected dozens of boxes of food items, as well as $4,000 in donations that will go towards purchasing winter boots for less fortunate families in the community.
The group started their eventing at 4 p.m. in the Metro supermarket parking lot. Once their evening shelter completed, students hit the sidewalks with signs to raise awareness on the issue of poverty. After being served homemade soup and a hamburger, students spoke with community members, sang sing-along songs, and took part in leadership activities.
At 11 p.m., students settled for the night in their boxes. The following morning, they went to St-Joseph Church to participate in the Family Week mass. A warm and hearty breakfast was served afterwards at school.
“Our awareness activity was very successful,” said Carol Bradley-Whissell, a teacher at Champlain. “Champlain students were able to change the world by becoming homeless for a night. I am very proud of all of my students who lived this valuable experience as it will allow them to become better citizens.”