This year 187 students and over 30 adults helped raise $12,367 for local homeless families at Cardboard City. Cardboard City allows students to directly empower families in the Humble community struggling with homelessness. The middle and high school students spent the night sleeping in their own cardboard shelter at Turner Stadium. The more money students brought in the more cardboard they received to construct their shelter for the night. Throughout the evening the students were able to experience what it is like to eat dinner from a soup-style kitchen, hear testimonies from local families who have struggled with homelessness, and participate in games and activities that helped them understand what homelessness looks like in their community. In addition the students were able to sing along to songs performed by local bands, Ourselves + Others and No Rehearsal. Both bands are composed of graduates of Humble ISD. The goal of Cardboard City is to reframe the conversation about homelessness and empower students to make a difference in their community. All proceeds from the event will benefit homeless families through Family Promise of Lake Houston and Humble Area Assistance Ministries.