By Arianna Haradon

Shack-A-Thon is an annual event held by Southwestern’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This year’s event will be on April 13 and 14 on the Mall. Although there is a small entry fee, all proceeds go to Williamson County Habitat for Humanity.

“[Shack-A-Thon is] a homelessness awareness event in which students, clubs, and organizations are encouraged to pull together teams of five to ten people and build a shack out of ‘found materials’ such as cardboard and duct tape,” Habitat for Humanity Public Relations Chair Sarah Kinney said.
The event starts at noon on Friday. At that time participants are allowed to start building their shack.
“Each team is given a 10 by 10 foot plot on which to build their shack… at least one member of each team has to live or occupy their shack for the entire night,” Kinney said.
While sleeping in a “shack” for a night may not sound like a great time for all students, Shack-A-Thon is also a contest.
“Teams are competing against one and another for prizes, such as most structurally sound shack and most creative. Students are encouraged to come up with really cool themes or designs for their shack. Teams had a lot of fun last year staying up all throughout the night playing board games and card games with each other and combating the wind to keep some of their shacks from blowing over,” Kinney said.
Shack-A-Thon gives students the ability to be as creative as possible.
“Last year APO created a Hobbit hole shack. It was so cute and creative. That was the coolest one,” Kinney said.

In addition to being fun, the event is for a good cause.

“Habitat for Humanity is a great organization,” Kinney said. “They are not an organization that puts a band-aid over a problem. They give [underprivileged families] a place to stay for their future.”

Kinney also discussed the importance of addressing this issue in the local community.

“Homelessness is an issue in the Georgetown and [Williamson County] area. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for people who would otherwise not be able to afford a house or even an apartment,” Kinney said.

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