The Urbana FFA Chapter sponsored the 10th annual Cardboard City at Urbana High School. Forty-six Urbana High School students slept in cardboard boxes on Friday, Nov. 11. The students created a temporary house inside the gates of the football stadium to experience what it would be like to be homeless. The event took place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The students paid five dollars to attend the event as a way to raise money and awareness for the homeless veterans. All proceeds will be donated to a veterans assistance program. The event opens up students eyes to how cold and uncomfortable being homeless is and students take the time to consider how fortunate they are that the scenario is only for one night versus in real life the homeless live like that every day. Students created posters to display at the event with statistics of homeless veterans in honor of Veterans Day.
We would like to thank the chaperones, the businesses that gave us cardboard to help with our city, and all the students who participated. It was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again in the future.
Submitted by Urbana FFA.