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Updated: 8th January 2019 07:23

Calgary teens spend the night in cardboard boxes

A school lesson designed to get Calgary students thinking outside the box when it comes to poverty put them inside of one for the night.

Camp Hope lets students experience what it is like to be homeless

A school lesson designed to get Calgary students thinking outside the box when it comes to poverty put them inside of one for the night.

Roughly 150 high school students woke up in cardboard tents Saturday morning in an effort to understand what it's like to be homeless in the city.

Each student who signed up at Calgary's Mountain Park School also had to find a company sponsor for their tent. 

All proceeds will go to The Alex, a non-profit agency that provides medical and social assistance to the homeless, low income and immigrant Calgarians.

"Not only will they be doing a great work for the community, but they also learn a little bit more about how fortunate they are and what they can achieve when they all work together," said teacher Janice Ramsay.

She says the students also spent some time volunteering at The Alex on Friday.

 "We really learn how it's really like to be a homeless person, and we learn what they're daily life is like," said Grade 9 student Jared McDonald, who is taking part in the project called Camp Hope.

 "We went to help out with many service agencies around the city, and to me it really gets in your heart."

 The school hopes to raise about $20,000.

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