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March 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Students experience homelessness

It’s not OK to keep the money

Recently, someone gave a young person on the sidewalk a few dollars. This young person was actually a college student, living on the streets as an experiment [“Spending spring break on life’s bottom rung,” page one, March 26]. They wanted to feel the pain of homelessness firsthand.

This student gave most of the money to charity, but the students did spend a few dollars for food while they were on the streets.

In other words, a few homeless people did not get those few dollars, so they did not eat.

To all students who may try this experience in the future; it is not OK to keep a cent of this money.

— Matthew Daniel Berkley, Seattle

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