St Paul's Primary School Rutherford students toughed out a cold night outside in an effort to raise awareness for homelessness.
Almost 50 year 5 and 6 students took part in the Mini Vinnies School Sleepout on May 24.
The kids slept underneath the school COLA to raise awareness of the homeless issue in the Maitland community.
The students participated in activities that highlighted the needs of the homeless, including building shelters out of cardboard boxes and preparing dignity bags made from the school community's donated toiletry items.
They also took park in an activity about what essential items they would keep if they had to leave home in a hurry.
One student said "it was very cold throughout the night and early in the morning but it was important for us to understand what homeless people in our community are going through".
The Mini Vinnies School Sleepout supports the work of St. Vincent de Paul Society and is the junior equivalent of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.