From 3:00 p.m. on December 16th through 9:00 a.m. on December 17th, approximately 160 students and parent volunteers from Cathedral Prep participated in Box Village. Box Village is a hunger and homelessness awareness movement done by different schools, churches, and organizations to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on our community. As part of Box Village participants give up EVERYTHING for one night and live as a small "community" as if this was their daily living. There is a startling number of homelessness in our area alone, and this project provided awareness for our students while helping a worthy cause. Students who participated in the event "lived" in the village from Saturday to Sunday and worked a two hour "shift" on the corner of 9th and Sassafras Streets to raise money for Emmaus Soup Kitchen.
When not raising the money for the Soup Kitchen, the students prayed together at a midnight mass, socialized around a barrel fire, and "lived" on the streets for the day. The students were not permitted any electronics or allowed to bring food to the event. At the end of the experience, students were happy to return to their homes with a little more understanding for others who are not so fortunate. Fr. Jason Feigh, Campus Minister to Cathedral Prep, organized this outstanding event and would like to thank the Prep students and community for their ever-present support.