LHS hosts 5th Bubble Run in support of homeless youths
Hundreds of Lawton Public Schools students don’t have a safe place to call home, and this month, their peers want to make sure they aren’t forgotten.
In conjunction with National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, members of the Lawton High School Key Club will host the 5th annual Stride 4 Shelter Bubble Run on Saturday.
According to LHS Key Club adviser Chris Tina Chen, there are more than 900 students in the district experiencing homelessness. Proceeds raised this weekend will go to McKinney-Vento, the district’s homelessness assistance program, and The Next Step, an organization that supports Lawton’s homeless youths.
This is the first year the event is free, according to Chen, who is also a biology and computer science teacher at LHS. Instead of charging a registration fee, students secured sponsorships for the run and are selling T-shirts and accepting donations. This is also the first year they are accepting online registrations. Participants can register online through Saturday.
Chen said organizing the event has been eye-opening for her students, especially when she shared with them Lawton’s homelessness statistics.
“The students were definitely in shock,” Chen said. “They didn’t know that it was such a high number (of homeless youths) in our community. It made them aware of how serious this situation is.”