School 'Sleep Out' gives students glimpse into homelessness, teaches empathy

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Twenty-seven students, in seventh and eighth grade at Monsignor Clarke School volunteered to participate in the annual homelessness awareness “Sleep Out.” Thanks to the help of sixth grade students and parents as well donations from Belmont Market and Panera, the school opened a soup kitchen for dinner. Students shared a modest soup supper and then welcomed guest speakers from Story Power, who shared their personal experiences with homelessness. The students participated in a prayer service before moving outside to their makeshift cardboard homes for the evening. They were forced to make difficult choices by only being permitted to bring three essential, non-electronic items. The next day they shared breakfast and prayer.