Dozens of students to sleep outside for a good cause during 14th Box City at MPS’ Riverside University H.S.

Written by MCJStaff   // March 17, 2014   // 0 Comments

Media Contact: Tony Tagliavia | Media Manager

MILWAUKEE (March 13, 2014) — For the 14th year, students at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Riverside University High School are set to sleep outside to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and raise awareness about homelessness.

This year’s student-led “Box City” begins tonight — the night of Thursday, March 13 — with dozens of students participating.

Students                                               participating in the 2013

Students participating in the 2013 “Box City” at MPS’ Riverside University High School


Students participating in the 2013 “Box City” at MPS’ Riverside University High School

Last year, students raised $3,000 for the cause. Over the past 13 years, Riverside’s “Box City” has raised more than close to $70,000 and resulted in the construction of two Habitat homes. Student organizers hope to add to that total.

Students will begin setting up boxes around 5 p.m. Thursday. Those involved take part in simulations and talks that help them understand the difficulties of those who live without a home. The students are prepared for the temperatures, but will come inside if safety becomes an issue. Boxes are expected to be set up by approximately 7 p.m. and students will wake up at approximately 6 a.m.

For Senior Jasmine Dieringer, this year’s event is her third Box City.

The RUHS student body vice president said she gets involved “because of the message it sends — the message it brings to our community” about homelessness and poverty.

“The most powerful thing is seeing the support from the school community for the cause,” Dieringer said.

Interested media are invited to contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager.

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