Franke Park students take on Homeless Nights

Franke Park Elementary school students spend a rainy Friday night outside in cardboard boxes to simulate a homeless experience.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 11:27 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2020 7:06 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Franke Park Elementary School students braved the elements Friday night for their inaugural “I’m Sleeping Out” Homeless Night.

Students took shelter in boxes on the school's front lawn to simulate the life of Fort Wayne’s homeless community.

They also took part in a series of projects that tested their math, science, and living skills through activities like building a shelter from cardboard.

The school’s principal, Gjergj Haxhiu, says, “this will introduce students, our future leaders, to the idea that they can solve problems.”

The event, coordinated by faculty and the school’s Student Council and Cub Scout Troop aims to help the students immerse themselves in the community and find tangible ways to make a difference while in their youth.

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