A short walk from the roar of the crowd enjoying a recent Barrington High School football game, Catherine Silva prepared to spend a night outside.
As part of her senior project, the local high school student was trying to raise awareness about homelessness by spending the night in a cardboard box in a dark corner of the school campus.
“When you really think about growing up in Barrington and how fortunate you are, there are people who aren’t as fortunate,” Catherine said.
She and 30 classmates participated in the exercise, which also aimed to raise money to benefit the homeless. Although this particular effort would be used toward her senior project, helping the homeless population is a personal mission that Catherine said she has adopted since she was in eighth grade.
“It just sparked an interest,” she said.
The more she learned about the homeless population, the more she wanted to help. She is also a member of the Attleboro Council of Churches, where she routinely volunteers.
“I think it’s the way people treat them. People just pass them by,” she said of her desire to raise awareness.
On a recent Friday night at Victory Field, football fans entered and exited the athletic fields, while a makeshift, corrugated city was erected on the practice field where the bright lights did not reach.
Catherine and friend, Bridget Palm, also greeted the sports fans and collected donations that would be given to the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.