Shantytown Participants Exceed Fundraising Goal
FORT SMITH (KFSM)-A group of Southside High School students spent the night (March 14) learning what it’s like to be homeless, and it was all for a good cause.
Students experienced what it was like to live in a “Shantytown” by sleeping in makeshift shelters composed of cardboard and duct tape. Despite the rain and chilly temperatures, Chapter President Kaersti McLellan said 80 students participated.
“It definitely is kind of an enlightening experience, and it opens your eyes,”i McLellan said. “Some people actually do live like this, and if it rains, they just stand underneath a building. They don’t really have much they can do, and it just kind of helps open people’s eyes that people have to live like this.”
The group had a goal to raise $15,000 to help Southside’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter. McLellan said the group was able to slightly exceed that goal thanks to sponsors and donations.