90 Riverside students to sleep outside to raise money, awareness

MILWAUKEE  – As many as 90 students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Riverside University High School are expected to sleep outdoors in boxes Thursday night to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and raise awareness about homelessness.

The 2012 event marks the 12th year for “Box City” at Riverside, which has raised a total of $60,000 in its history. This year’s event is expected to raise between $3,000 and $5,000.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday evening, students will build boxes for temporary shelter and better understand the struggle some have to find food. Around 9:30 p.m., a speaker from Habitat for Humanity is expected to address students in Riverside’s old gym.

And around 1 a.m., students are expected to sleep outside. They will rise around 6 a.m. as the sun comes up.

Teacher Thomas Wild said his students “recognize the need of the people in the city as far as housing and homelessness. They have been working on this for the past 12 years. Every year, more students join. It’s become a tradition at Riverside.”

Reporters or photographers interested in covering the event should contact Tony Tagliavia, MPS media manager, at 414.475.8675.