Students Experience Halloween as a Homeless Person

Students donate clothing to Siloam Mission at 300 Princess Street on Monday, November 1, 2010. (HANDOUT)

Rural students from Ile des Chênes spent Halloween in a different way from most of their peers on Sunday.

Fifty graduating students from École/College Regional Gabrielle-Roy spent the entire night outside on school grounds in a move to practice solidarity with Manitoba’s less fortunate.

To help better understand homelessness, the students will travel to Winnipeg today to drop off a large donation of clothes to Siloam Mission.

“It’s preparing them to be young, strong, responsible adults and not just ‘dumpers’ of blame on the rest of society,” said Monique Guénette, a grad advisor at the school.

The students will also tour the homeless shelter’s facilities when they arrive this afternoon.

UPDATE: 3:54 p.m. — Adds updated photo from clothing donation.