CONTACT: Kathy Ball, Bonner Program Director
Box City to Commence April 18
Athens, W.Va. –The Bonner Scholars at Concord University will be hosting their seventh annual Box City to spread awareness for the homeless. The event will take place on the lawn in front of the Bonner House and will start at 7 a.m., Friday, April 18 and will last until Saturday, April 19.
Usually only open to groups, the event will now be open to groups of friends. Kathy Ball, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program, urges people not affiliated with a group to contact her to fill out the necessary paperwork and go over rules and regulations
There is an obligation though, once a group decides to participate. According to Ball, a group must always have a person to be with the box. Students will also have to obey the quiet hours which start at midnight.
“Last year, we raised about $250 and our goal this year is $300,” Kathy Ball, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars program, said. “People can also donate the money if they wish.”
All proceeds go to Scottie’s Place, which is a facility in Peterstown, W.Va., that acts as a camp for homeless children. According to its web site, www.scottiesplace.org, the facility aims to “empower the homeless child physically, emotionally, and spiritually” by providing outdoor activities for the children. It not only serves West Virginia, but many of the surrounding states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Sam Grimmett from Monroe County, a sophomore and coordinator of this year’s Box City, said that she had worked at Scottie’s Place during her high school years. She said that it has become an inspiration to her to research and that Box City will be a way for Concord students to gain awareness of such a debilitating problem.
“I didn’t realize how hard it was until I participated in Box City,” she said. “The issue of homelessness is a big problem and by participating in Box City, people will gain more awareness because it lets you realize what it’s like to some extent.”
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.