School’s car park sleep-out

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

A school class project has snow­balled into a pub­lic sleep­over.

Up to 100 peo­ple have so far reg­is­tered to sleep in their cars for Fri­day night’s Park Up Palmy in the Sal­va­tion Army car park, many through the ‘park up for homes: Palmy’ Face­book page.

That’s enough to spill over onto the Gallery car park across the in­ter­sec­tion.

The Park Up orig­i­nated af­ter Ross In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dent Carly Atkin, 12, be­came con­cerned by the lack of re­spect and un­der­stand­ing shown to­wards the home­less.

‘‘They’re say­ing that it was their own fault. I talked to the Sal­va­tion Army and did quite a bit of re­search on­line ... about the rate of home­less­ness and how se­ri­ous it was,’’ Carly said.

‘‘It evolved into some­thing much big­ger than what it started out as.’’

The young or­gan­is­ers have been men­tored in risk anal­y­sis along with health and safety is­sues by Heather War­ren from the Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Union.

Along with se­cu­rity, the chil­dren have ar­ranged food do­na­tions, a favourite soup com­pe­ti­tion, break­fast, games, mu­si­cians - in­clud­ing the Sal­va­tion Army Band, and a bed­time sto­ry­teller.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion is by koha .

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