More than seventy-five Hun students, parents, and teachers slept out at The Hun School last month to raise funds and awareness for young adults who are homeless. The Sleep Out was organized by Myles Hutcherson ’18, and Hun’s Cultural Competency Committee and Hun’s Community Service Club.
The event raised over $9500 for Covenant House New Jersey, which has six shelters in the state. Internationally, Covenant House has 30 shelters in the U.S., Canada, and South America. The organization focuses on homeless teenagers and young adults, providing them with shelter, job training, and other services as they transition to adulthood.
Myles spearheaded The Hun School event after learning about the cause through his father, Eric Hutcherson, who is a member of the board of directors of Covenant House New York and a Trustee of The Hun School. Myles and other students organized fundraising teams and worked to promote awareness. The night of the Sleep Out, participants heard from Covenant House volunteers and beneficiaries.
“The idea of the sleep out was not to replicate what people who are homeless go through,” said Myles, who will attend the University of Southern California next fall. “Rather, it was an act of solidarity to show support for young people who may have to live this way every day, and raise funds so, possibly, they don’t have to.”
Hun’s Director of Cultural Competence and Global Diversity Otis Douce said; “This event helped students to fully engage in empathetic programming and understand the power of their activism.”
To learn more or donate, go to Covenant House.