On Friday, October 17 the Social Justice 12 students at Lions Gate Christian Academy took our challenge and slept out in support of homeless and at risk youth.
With nothing more than a sleeping bag and some cardboard, students spent the night on the gym floor. Mike Spiliotopoulos, his fellow teachers and school administrators worked to make the night as uncomfortable as possible for the students to give them a real understanding of the challenges that homeless youth face on a daily basis. The students were only allowed to bring a sleeping bag to keep them warm. No clean clothes, snacks or entertainment. The staff played sound effects all night like cars passing by, loud bar patrons, meowing cats and garbage trucks passing by.
The staff provided one small heater and hid small food items throughout the gym. In an expression of the true meaning of community, the students pooled their resources together to make the night more comfortable for everyone, rather than for just one person. They left in the morning knowing that they never want to go through something like that again, and with a deep understanding of our responsibility to help those less fortunate.
Together the school has raised $790, enough to provide shelter to one homeless youth for almost 3 full days! To support the fundraising efforts of Lions Gate Christian Academy Students please visit their website.
Thank you to all the Lions Gate Christian Academy students, staff and parents that helped to make this amazing night possible! We are extremely grateful!