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Students sleep in cardboard boxes for homeless awareness

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MONROE, MI (Toledo News Now) -

A group of Monroe High School students is spending the weekend living in cardboard boxes.

The students are doing it to raise awareness of homelessness in Monroe County as part of a project called ‘Chill Out.'

The students have only been allowed to bring one brown paper bag with food in it.

They are not allowed to have any electronics or other comforts from home.

The only heat will come from a wood fire in a 55 gallon drum.

"Just getting an idea what it has to be like sleeping out in the cold and seeing how they have to live for the night," said Hunter Towalski of the experience.

The event is sponsored by the school's Interact Club.

So what will they do to kill time?

"We're gonna talk about experiences we've had with people who are homeless and if anybody has had experiences being impoverished," said club leader Sue Jones.

Students say this lesson in homelessness is something that can't be learned in the classroom.

"It sucks. I've already learned I'm very thankful for what I do have," said student Lianna Hedrick.

The Interact Club says the poverty rate in Monroe County is 10 percent and the homeless rate is 1.9 percent.

It's something students will discuss as they chill out inside their cardboard boxes.

"Because it's a good idea. So many people are homeless. Not a lot of people are aware of it," said student Amanda Lis.

The campout ends Sunday at noon.

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