It was a mild night for mid-November, and the group of Bishop Seabury Academy students spending the night outside their school was thankful.
“Last year, it rained a little bit and so we had soggy boxes,” senior Peter Esau said. “This year, it’s really nice.”
Students slept in cardboard boxes Sunday night, with no solid food to eat and and limits on warm clothing. They put themselves in those conditions to push for last-minute donations at the end of their weeklong food drive. This year, the outside event came at the end of the drive instead of kicking it off, and more students were eligible to participate — any Seabury student could join in instead of just members of student government.
In the past the event has been on a Thursday night, but shifting it to Sunday added to the time that students could volunteer in town.
“We went down to Lawrence Community Shelter and Salvation Army today for five hours and worked and did projects down there,” Student Senate sponsor and community service coordinator Bill Gollier said. Usually, Gollier likes it to be a touch colder. “It’s warm and doesn’t make it quite as intense. The fact that they worked for five hours, really, it’s better.”
The day is really about giving back to the community.
“I think there’s so many people out there that need it and I think it’s just always good to help your community and give back,” freshman Maddie McCaffrey said. “I like to volunteer and raise awareness, so I’m happy I get to do it.”
Esau and McCaffrey spent their time Sunday at the Salvation Army, doing ground work and helping clean and organize the agency’s large freezer.
“It was awesome because everyone was doing something,” Esau said.
This is the fourth year that students have slept outside their school to help garner donations for their food drive. The school is hoping to collect 4,000 items for local organizations.
“Since we’re such a small school, if people see this and want to bring food by, it helps us collect more food,” Gollier said.
Students will collecting food at the school, 4120 Clinton Parkway, until 8:45 a.m. this morning. The students will then box everything up and donate it to multiple agencies in town.