Calgary students get lesson in homelessness

A group of Grade 9 students is about to find out what it’s like to be homeless.

The students at Mountain Park school are planning to spend a night outdoors, their only shelter, a cardboard village called Camp Hope.

On Friday, the students volunteered their time at several agencies that help the homeless, one of them the Community Kitchen warehouse.

“We should show our appreciation for what we have by doing stuff like this,” says student Jared McDonald. “I think it really raises awareness throughout the city as well.”

It’s also a lesson in what it’s like to go without food.

“It must be really hard for them cause they don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” says Ashleigh Gerlitz.

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And student Cydney Hall calls it an eye opener.

“You see one or two people on the street every day, but do you really understand, until you see a place like this.”

The students hope to raise more than 20 thousand dollars through sponsorships to support “The Alex”, an agency that provides medical care, social support and housing assistance for Calgary’s less fortunate.

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