Tony Tagliavia | Media Manager –Milwaukee Public Schools
MILWAUKEE (MARCH 5, 2015) – For the 15th year, a group of students at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Riverside University High School will sleep outside in the cold to raise money to support building homes for the
homeless through Habitat for Humanity.
More than 50 students are planning to take part in this year’s “Box City” by constructing and then sleeping in boxes on school grounds.
In order to participate, students must commit to raise at least $30 for Habitat for Humanity. During Box City, they take part in simulations and talks that help them understand the difficulties those who live without a home experience.
THIS YEAR’S EVENT BEGINS THURSDAY, MARCH 5 AND CONTINUES THROUGH THE MORNING OF FRIDAY, MARCH 6 OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL, 1615 E. LOCUST STREET, MILWAUKEE 53211. PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN SETTING UP THEIR BOXES AT AROUND 5 P.M. THURSDAY IN ADVANCE OF THE EVENT STARTING AT 7:30 P.M. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO WAKE UP AROUND 6 A.M. FRIDAY AND THE EVENT
WILL CONCLUDE AT 7 A.M.
SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2000, RIVERSIDE STUDENTS HAVE HELPED BUILD TWO HABITAT HOMES AND RAISED MORE THAN $72,000.
“Our student leaders have made a commitment to aiding the Milwaukee community,” Riverside senior and Student Body President Thomas Horgan said. “This event helps to educate the Riverside student body on some of
the critical hardships being faced everyday by the homeless and low-income individuals.”
Students are prepared for the temperatures, but will come inside if safety becomes an issue.