We were happy to host Lori Goldman from Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) on Friday, March 6th. COTS is the premier local organization battling homelessness. They provide shelters, transitional housing, and work to prevent homelessness before it happens. Lori walked the kids through an interactive game where they had to make choices about things like housing location, modes of transportation, medical insurance, etc., with the goal of remaining cash-flow positive and not running into debt and possible homelessness. Eighth-grader Alden Spell was given responsibility for moving bouncy balls out of a container and into a cup, with each decision made in the game resulting in balls being lost or added. The students were barely able to stay afloat, primarily because they were wise enough to spend a few balls on health insurance. That safety net kept them from bankruptcy. It was a great introduction for our students to the causes and effects of homelessness - especially for families and kids.