Lawton High School hosts "lime out" event

Lawton High School hosts "lime out" event

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Members of the Key Club at Lawton High School are trying to raise awareness this week of the stunning number of students in the district that are either homeless or runaways.  At the end of the last school year, there were 764 such kids.

They event they are running is called "Lime out LHS".

Bright green is dominating the campus, whether it's in clothing, or the ribbons tied to trees outside the school.

The group's sponsor says the goal is not just to pinpoint those students, but to point them toward resources that will allow them to stay in school and graduate, in spite of the turmoil they're facing.

"We have students that are trying to escape violent environments in their homes", said Key Club Sponsor Alicia Najera. "Parents often get displaced. They lose their jobs. A lot of this is just the situation that the student finds themselves in, and we're hoping to get them out of that as soon as possible."

Wednesday's events featured an appearance by Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch, as well as representatives of a local group called The Next Step, which provides transitional housing for homeless young people aged 18 to 21.