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      Students spend 24 hours living in SHACKS

      WT students all built shacks Wednesday that were made of pallets and cardboard. / Courtesy Sheryl Proctor

      T oday West Texas A&M University continued its 21 days of Change with it 4th annual Shack-a-thon.

      S ix WT campus ministries came together to start Shack-a-thon in the fall of 2008.

      It started as a community-wide service project, but has grown tremendously among students as well.

      Stu dents spend night and day working long hours to get ready for this fun-filled fundraiser.

      "W e pulled an all nighter and got out here at seven in the morning and just starting collecting the pallets of wood and then we started working on it," said Chris Stebenson, WT Student.

      B ut all that construction is about more than just building a shack its also about an experience.

      "I t's an opportunity to paint a unique image of poverty on campus by allowing students to build shacks that they can live in over night and experience a different lifestyle," said Kent Mereness, Buffs for Christ Director.

      I t's a lifestyle that one student says is dificult to fully go through, especially with the advantages we have right here at home.

      "A ll morning we've been talking about some of the stuff, the equipment that we have, we thought how do other people do this?" said WT Student Sheryl Proctor. " Y ou know other people don't have hammers and nails and duct tape and cardboard and stuff that we have, so we're kind of at an advantage here with the equipment that we have." E very $75 given covers the cost of one goat that will be sent to a Sudanese village.

      O ver the past two years the project has raised more than $35,000, and Mereness says as of today they've raised more than $6,000.

      Way to go, WT!