Did you know that every year more than 2,000 Essex County children pass through the foster care system? That’s about the size of Montclair high school. Some of these kids may even be your classmates. On Friday May 3, students from Montclair High School, James Caldwell High School, and West Orange High School will give up their beds for one night to show support for the thousands of foster children in our community without safe, permanent homes. This youth-led social awareness event, called Camp Out for CASA, was conceived by a James Caldwell High School student whose mother is a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA), a group of dedicated community volunteers who advocate for these children in Family Court. The event will raise awareness about the challenges faced by foster children in our own neighborhoods and the work of CASA volunteers who are dedicated to improving their lives and their futures. MHS Key Club members Amanda Solomon, junior, and Emma Duffy, sophomore, are leading the efforts to involve Montclair High School students in Camp Out for CASA. Montclair students are invited to participate in this fun and worthwhile event which will inform students about issues of foster care and the work of Essex County CASA. No fundraising is required, rather, students sign a pledge to help raise awareness. Interested students should contact Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emma (email@example.com) or go to: http://www.casaessex.org/events/camp-out-2013.aspx for information and to sign up. Get a group of friends together and sign up today!