DEXTER - Dexter Regional High School students will attempt to make a difference and build awareness of homelessness from 6 PM Saturday, October 13th through 8 AM Sunday, October 14th with “Welcome to My Home 2007.”
Groups involved include the Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, Football Team and Cheerleading Team.
Students will be spending the night in Wayside Park in Dexter, where there will be police coverage and chaperons.
Participants are allowed to bring one blanket to sleep with and this blanket must be one that they are willing to donate to an area homeless shelter. They may bundle up as much as they want, as it could be very cold sleeping outside.
Games such as Tag and Duck, Duck, Goose will be played. No electronics or cell phones will be allowed, however, there will be an emergency phone at the command station. Water to drink will be provided and each person will receive one can of soup to eat. There will be barrels for fires to keep warm, and participants may want to bring along a garbage bag to be used as a poncho in the event of wet weather.
In addition, purses, over-night bags, pillows, and other forms of food and drinks will not be permitted. It is hoped that this activity will be a good eye-opener for students, showing them how some people in this world have to live every day.
Students will be collecting pledges through Wednesday, October 10th. If each participant aims at collecting $100 in pledges, more than $10,000 can be raised for the charity organization of each group’s choice. Charities must have some relevance to the idea of homelessness.
Examples of homelessness-related charities include Manna, Inc., Women Care, local food cupboards, etc.
Contact the Dexter Regional High School at 924-5962 for more information.
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