Homeless for a day


Houston FFA members, left to right, Jairon Douglas, 16, of Sidney, Toyna Douglas, Dominic Beaver, 17, of Houston, son of Matt and Becky Beaver, Patrick Meiring, 15, of Sidney, son of Scott and Theresa Meiring, and Dexter Ingle, 17, of Houston, son of Neil and Nicki Ingle, make a shelter for the night out of cardboard boxes at Willowbrook Nature Center in Piqua. Houston FFA members teamed up with FFA chapters from Covington and Milton Union to make a cardboard city Saturday, Oct. 14, to raise awareness for homelessness in the community. The students spent the night in their cardboard boxes with no electronics and only soup and water to eat and drink. Kids listened to guest speaker Miami County OSU Extension Family Consumer Science Program Coordinator Alisha Barton who talked about how to avoid opioid misuse and safe prescription practices. Around 80 kids took part in the card board city. During the evening the participants were brought together to reflect on their experiences and how they can use them to help their community, advocate for the homeless and bring them up versus ignoring them. Houston FFA member participant Meiring said of the exercise “It makes you think how fortunate you are. You could be living like this on the streets. It’s a lot of fun but it’s got an important message.”


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Houston FFA members, left to right, Jairon Douglas, 16, of Sidney, Toyna Douglas, Dominic Beaver, 17, of Houston, son of Matt and Becky Beaver, Patrick Meiring, 15, of Sidney, son of Scott and Theresa Meiring, and Dexter Ingle, 17, of Houston, son of Neil and Nicki Ingle, make a shelter for the night out of cardboard boxes at Willowbrook Nature Center in Piqua. Houston FFA members teamed up with FFA chapters from Covington and Milton Union to make a cardboard city Saturday, Oct. 14, to raise awareness for homelessness in the community. The students spent the night in their cardboard boxes with no electronics and only soup and water to eat and drink. Kids listened to guest speaker Miami County OSU Extension Family Consumer Science Program Coordinator Alisha Barton who talked about how to avoid opioid misuse and safe prescription practices. Around 80 kids took part in the card board city. During the evening the participants were brought together to reflect on their experiences and how they can use them to help their community, advocate for the homeless and bring them up versus ignoring them. Houston FFA member participant Meiring said of the exercise “It makes you think how fortunate you are. You could be living like this on the streets. It’s a lot of fun but it’s got an important message.”

Houston FFA members, left to right, Jairon Douglas, 16, of Sidney, Toyna Douglas, Dominic Beaver, 17, of Houston, son of Matt and Becky Beaver, Patrick Meiring, 15, of Sidney, son of Scott and Theresa Meiring, and Dexter Ingle, 17, of Houston, son of Neil and Nicki Ingle, make a shelter for the night out of cardboard boxes at Willowbrook Nature Center in Piqua. Houston FFA members teamed up with FFA chapters from Covington and Milton Union to make a cardboard city Saturday, Oct. 14, to raise awareness for homelessness in the community. The students spent the night in their cardboard boxes with no electronics and only soup and water to eat and drink. Kids listened to guest speaker Miami County OSU Extension Family Consumer Science Program Coordinator Alisha Barton who talked about how to avoid opioid misuse and safe prescription practices. Around 80 kids took part in the card board city. During the evening the participants were brought together to reflect on their experiences and how they can use them to help their community, advocate for the homeless and bring them up versus ignoring them. Houston FFA member participant Meiring said of the exercise “It makes you think how fortunate you are. You could be living like this on the streets. It’s a lot of fun but it’s got an important message.”
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/10/web1_SDN102017BoxCity.jpgHouston FFA members, left to right, Jairon Douglas, 16, of Sidney, Toyna Douglas, Dominic Beaver, 17, of Houston, son of Matt and Becky Beaver, Patrick Meiring, 15, of Sidney, son of Scott and Theresa Meiring, and Dexter Ingle, 17, of Houston, son of Neil and Nicki Ingle, make a shelter for the night out of cardboard boxes at Willowbrook Nature Center in Piqua. Houston FFA members teamed up with FFA chapters from Covington and Milton Union to make a cardboard city Saturday, Oct. 14, to raise awareness for homelessness in the community. The students spent the night in their cardboard boxes with no electronics and only soup and water to eat and drink. Kids listened to guest speaker Miami County OSU Extension Family Consumer Science Program Coordinator Alisha Barton who talked about how to avoid opioid misuse and safe prescription practices. Around 80 kids took part in the card board city. During the evening the participants were brought together to reflect on their experiences and how they can use them to help their community, advocate for the homeless and bring them up versus ignoring them. Houston FFA member participant Meiring said of the exercise “It makes you think how fortunate you are. You could be living like this on the streets. It’s a lot of fun but it’s got an important message.” Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News