More than 40 Home Base students from Gleason Lake and Kimberly Lane Elementary Schools spent the night of November 6 sleeping outside as part of the 20th annual IOCP Sleep Out, which raises money for IOCP and creates awareness about poverty, homelessness and the need for affordable housing in the northwestern suburbs.
Students raised money by going door-to-door before the sleep out. Over its 20-year history, the sleep out at Gleason Lake has contributed more than $125,000 to IOCP, which makes a big difference in helping the organization meet the needs of local families.
The evening of the sleep out began with the students constructing their “houses” for the night – structures assembled together with cardboard boxes and tape. Although the students had access to the school all night, the process of building cardboard homes encouraged students to think about problems faced by those without adequate shelter like staying warm and dry and access to proper restroom facilities. Later in the evening, students played games, ate dinner and listed to a guest speaker from IOCP talk about issues families face right here in our community.