Homeless for a night
May 13, 2012 by
A few weeks ago, I had a crazy idea for a crazy assignment.
The assignment: Christian School of York students would spend the night “homeless” outside their school to raise awareness as well as collect donations for a local non-profit that assists homeless mothers and their children.
© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Christian School of York freshmen Luke Dixon and Ethan Miller carry a piece of cardboard to the side of the school where they planned to build their “homeless” shelter on Friday, April 13, 2012. Christian School of York high school students are camping outside the school in cardboard boxes as part of the second annual “Homeless Night Out” to benefit Bridge of Hope of York County’s homeless women and children. The students held a drive for household items to donate to Bridge of Hope, and about a dozen are spending the night in cardboard boxes to experience what homeless life might be like.
The idea: Shoot a video that would show the students setting up camp in their cardboard boxes, return to shoot more video at some point in the night and come back again in the morning as they woke up.
© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Christian School of York freshman Ashleigh Martin talks to fellow freshman Ellie Blair, not shown, as she decorates the side of their “homeless” shelter with duct tape on Friday, April 13, 2012. Blair and Martin acknowledged their awareness that their experience won’t be truly like that of homeless people, but it would still be an eye-opener for them.
Fortunately, two girls — Ashleigh and Ellie — agreed to let me follow them on their adventure. Check it out: