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ATHENS, W.Va. The Concord University Bonner Scholars will host their annual Box City on the lawn in front of the Bonner House from 8 a.m., Friday, May 3 through Saturday, May 4.
 
The primary goals of the event are spreading awareness about homelessness and raising funds for Scottie's Place, a camp for homeless children located in Peterstown, W.Va.
 
Jordan Manning, Bonner Scholar, says that Box City is important to the Concord campus and the area because many persons take what they have for granted. "We don't know how truly blessed we are. Some people live in a cardboard village their entire life, and all we ask for is one night," he said.
 
To build the Box City on campus, participants are asked to form teams and construct box houses where they will live for 24 hours. According to the Box City regulations, a group must always have a person with the box. Students will also have to obey the quiet hours that start at midnight.
 
"It is hard. You are in the elements of your environment; you are at the mercy of Mother Nature. It gets bitter cold at night, bugs and other creepy things are all around, and you get little privacy. But the experience you get is one of humbleness and seeing life through a different lens," Manning said.
 
Shardé Hardy, Box City supervisor, says students will gain perspective by being involved.
"There are millions of people who are homeless and a lot of people do not understand what it is like," Hardy said. "It is a good way to raise money for Scottie's Place and gain awareness on homelessness."
 
Students are asked to donate a minimum of $20 per team to Scottie's Place as a registration fee for each box. The deadline to register for a box is 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.
 
Usually open to campus organizations, the event will now be open to groups of friends and also community members. Hardy urges people not affiliated with a Concord organization to contact her to fill out the necessary paperwork and go over rules and regulations.
 
"Last year we raised a few hundred dollars and our goal this year is to do just as well," Hardy said. "People can also bring canned food if they wish that will be donated to the Tender Mercies Ministries in Princeton, W.Va."
 
For further information contact Shardé Hardy, Bonner Coordinator at 304-384-6080, or shardy@concord.edu
 
To register, stop by the Bonner House between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or mail registration forms and donations to the Bonner House, D-131 Concord University, PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712. Interested individuals can also contact Hardy to obtain registration forms via e-mail.
 
Scottie's Place is an organization that provides homeless children with opportunities they otherwise would miss. According to its website www.scottiesplace.org the facility aims to "empower the homeless child physically, emotionally, and spiritually" by providing outdoor activities for the children.
 
During the summer, these children go to Scottie's Place for a two-week camp experience. While staying there, children have a chance to do fun activities such as tree house building, mountain biking, arts and crafts, and swimming. They are given the opportunity to make friends and have fun. Located in Peterstown, W.Va., Scottie's Place has served children from Lewisburg, Beckley and Charleston, as well as urban areas such as Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Pa. and Washington, D.C.
 
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