NBC Reporter Stephanie Claytor takes part in SleepOut 4 Independence

The Providence House hosts the first ever SleepOut 4 Independence

Organizers say the first ever Sleepout 4 Independence was a success.

Saturday night, more than 300 students spent the night at Independence Stadium in cardboard boxes, as they learned about homelessness. The event was hosted by the Providence House and many of its graduates were on hand to educate students on how not to become homeless.

Many of the kids said they learned valuable lessons.

"I learned to stay in school and don’t do drugs,” said Shelby Harper, an 11th grader at Captain Shreve High School. 

"I learned that you have to get your education because one bad decision can ruin your whole life,” said Javaurier Sterling, another participant.

Trophies were given to the teams with the most creative box shelters, and to those who raised the most money.

There was also a DJ and movies all night.  NBC 6 Reporter Stephanie
Claytor participated.

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