Knights Admin Team Brave the Cold for Attention Homes
This Thursday, Principal Stensrud and several members of the administration will participate in the 2014 Sleep Out for Attention Homes. They will unpack their cardboard boxes and sleeping bags in the courtyard outside the First United Methodist Church to raise money and awareness for homeless youth in the area.
The Knights Admin Team consists of Principal Stensrud, Assistant Principals Sarah DiGiacomo and Rose Lupinacci, and Dean of Students Jay Stott. Several Fairview students and parents will be sleeping out as well. This will be Stensrud’s third year participating.
According to their website, the non-profit organization Attention Homes’ goal is to “provide abused, neglected and troubled youth placed through social services with temporary residential, behavioral and case management services that prepare them for long-term success.”
Last year, the Sleep Out raised $85,000 for Attention Homes. This year, the Knights Admin Team are the leading donors with $10,000 collected, surpassing their original goal of $8,000.
Stensrud says that Admins’ involvement with the Sleep Out serves two purposes--- to bring awareness to an important and under-discussed issue of homeless youth, as well as to raise money for an organization that continues to provide Fairview students with “a warm bed, a tasty meal, help with homework, and the hope that tomorrow (or next week) will be better.”
“I don’t think people truly realize how many homeless youth there are in Boulder every night,” said Stensrud, “We don’t like to talk about homeless youth in Boulder… We don’t think that bad things happen, but we’ve got kids who live on the street all the time.”
The 2013 Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Study reported that there are 213 homeless youth in Boulder County at any given time, a statistic that they say is likely to be below the actual number.
Stensrud estimates that between four to fifteen Fairview students stay with Attention Homes every year.
“Attention Homes has been very good to Fairview kids,” he said. “So we go out, lay down our cardboard, and bundle up.”
It’s predicted to be a chilly night on Thursday, with a low of 18 degrees. However, Stensrud doesn’t let this fact bother him, and for a good reason.
“I look at it from the viewpoint that I only have to do it for one night. Other kids are doing it for nights on end,” Stensrud pointed out, “[The Sleep Out] is fairly safe and we’re in large numbers, but I can’t imagine what it must be like for a kid with no place else to go.”
To make a donation to the Knights Admin Team and help homeless youth in Boulder, visit http://attentionhomes.donorpages.com/sleepout2014/KNIGHTSADMINTEAM/.