Calera kids camp out for homelessness awareness

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

CALERA, Okla. -- Fifteen members of the student council at Calera High School showed their thanks in a unique way on Monday. Until Wednesday at five o'clock, the students will stay outside and sleep in boxes without any conveniences.

It's part of their 'Count Your Blessings' campaign to raise awareness about homelessness and show people how they can help.

“It's an opportunity to let people know, ‘Hey, we really have it well going into thanksgiving, there's so much to be thankful for,’ and also there's several folks that could use some help and there's some ways we can help them,” teacher John Coley says.

The students packed only the essentials, like a toothbrush or deoderant, but can't even take a shower until Wednesday. They can only eat in the school cafeteria for breakfast or lunch.

"I'm going to attempt to do my homework and I'll probably have my stomach rumbling," says Chloe Stringfellow, a junior at Calera high school.

The students made posters and placed them in and outside the school. They detail statistics on poverty, and ways to combat the issue. Oklahoma is the third poorest state in the nation.

"If you're not going to use it, someone is going to need it so donate it or keep it some place so you can give it away," says Vy Nguyen, a foreign exchange student from Vietnam and junior at the school.

After finishing the campaign Wednesday afternoon, the students will donate the $250 they raised to the Salvation Army.


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  • by that one guy Location: atoka on Nov 24, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    hey i know these ppl lol. im glad they got some recognition for doin this.
  • by chloe kay Location: calera on Nov 14, 2007 at 04:11 PM
    pardon me, but i do believe that some homeless students attend school where they CAN get meals. sorry ME in denison, but your facts are way off base.
  • by M.L.C. 5th Hour Location: Calera School on Nov 14, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    I am a student at Calera and I think what these kids are doing is amazing. No, they're by no means homeless, but they're compassionate. By sacrifing some things that they don't need and just living with what they have on their backs, they're showing that some people really DO have to live with worse than that. They're setting an example by saying that those of us that are fortunate enough to have a home nefed to be helping those that don't. Power to ya!
  • by Britiney Location: calera schools on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:52 AM
    i think it was cool that kids get to fill of what it is like not to eat for a long time. I think that more people should try this exersice to help people relise wat they are just throwing away. and what we use for granted.
  • by jessica Location: calera school on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:52 AM
    i think that it's great that they are willing to do something like this. ya they may not be homeless but they are kinda seeing what its like. because how many people do you know will do something like this. theres not that many at all. there seeing that having a tv or a cellphone isnt that important. there realizing that food, shelter, and clothing is what we really need. so good for the calera highschool students that are taking there time to experience this.
  • by courtney Location: calera school on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    I think that this project has really changed alot of the kids perspective and their ways of thinking about homeless people. I am gald that they did this. I am very greatful to be in a school with people like this.
  • by Madison Holder Location: Calera Schools on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:50 AM
    I am so proud of the people at my school. They are my heroes and I don't think i could have gone homeless. I think it took a lot of potential to do that and maybe now others will recognize our school for our hard work.Once again I want to let each end every person doing count your blessings know that they are my heroes.
  • by amber Location: calera school on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:50 AM
    i thought that the project at calera high school, was a good idea. because it showed the kids what kind of necesseties they take forgranted when they are at their own homes.and how homeless live with no food and sometimes no shelter. i really like the idea and i look forward to getting to be apart of it next year.
  • by madison Location: calera school on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    i think that this is a good idea because it shows people that they are thankful for what they have.
  • by Mrs. T. Whitaker Location: Calera Schools on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    I think that this has been a great experience for all of our students. The posters in the hallway, with the facts listed are a great reminder of what we have that others don't. Keep up the great job - student council.
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