Camping for a Cause

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Camping for a Cause

Students at Kennedy high school preparing to spend the night outside.

Students at Kennedy high school preparing to spend the night outside.

Jason Kline

Students at Kennedy high school preparing to spend the night outside.

Jason Kline

Jason Kline

Students at Kennedy high school preparing to spend the night outside.

Jami Martin-Trainor, Writer

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A yearly tradition at Kennedy High School when October comes around is Homeless Night. Homelessness in Iowa, though lower than other states, is still a relevant issue that impacts many.

This year, Homeless Night is on Oct. 26, and costs $15 for regular admission and $20 for admission and a tee-shirt. The event starts at 9 p.m. Friday evening and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. All the money made from the event goes to the local homeless shelter.

Although Homeless Night is a fun event in which friends can hang out in their makeshift homes and boxes, the real purpose of the event is to allow students to get a real look at what homeless people live through every day. Giving the students the opportunity to really walk a mile in someone else’s shoes gives them a new outlook on the situation as a whole.

“Homeless Night made me more aware of the issue when I got to experience part of what it’s like to be homeless,” Maddie Fitzgerald, so., said.

Homeless night is a great way to help out the community in a fun way. It gives students a different point of view and can inspire change, so bear the cold October winds and help the homeless citizens of Cedar Rapids.

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