ARUNDEL — Mark Twain once said that “it is wiser to find out than to suppose” and for a group of students attending the School Around Us program in Arundel, that notion is about to become a reality.

On Thursday evening Oct. 26, School Around Us students will be camped out and sleeping under the stars as part of a “Homelessness Sleep Out” to raise awareness for homelessness and collect donations for those in need.   

Featuring guest speakers from the Preble Street homeless support organization in Portland, the event is part of a national movement where people with homes step out of their warm spaces to sleep outside for one night in support of those who have no choice. 

Students say they are not pretending to be homeless, but are using the event to raise awareness, money, and in-kind donations to assist others less fortunate. 

Donations of new or gently used adult-sized gloves and or socks will be accepted at the school prior to the event along with monetary donations.

All donations can be dropped off at School Around Us no later than Thursday, Oct. 26, and will directly benefit homeless support missions on Preble Street.

The School Around Us is at 281 Log Cabin Road in Arundel and is committed to providing a holistic learning community which encourages the growth of mind, body, and spirit, and which is actively involved in the local and global community.

For more information, call 967-3143 or visit

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at [email protected]

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