Oxbridge Senior Academy donates campers to the homeless
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A West Palm Beach high school student is making a difference to those who may have lost their homes during the pandemic.
Mia Bonutti, a senior at Oxbridge Academy, made it a year-long project and hopes it will change someone’s outlook on life.
On Tuesday, she gave WPTV a sneak peek inside a 30-foot camper she helped rehabilitate.
Now it will be donated to people in need of a home.
“The idea really started in my sophomore year when I came up with the idea during the quarantine, and then it became a reality starting in my senior year,” says Bonutti.
Once she gets her camper, it takes about four to five months to completely take things apart and start renovating.
“The bedroom is my favorite part. I think I redecorated that part the most, along with the kitchen,” says Bonutti. “Make the space my own, but there’s still enough room here for someone to make it their home.”
The year-long project is part of the school’s independent research, where students pursue a topic of interest.
Science teacher Benjamin Matzen said: “When you give them the opportunity to figure things out on their own and support them to swim and do things on their own, they can do amazing things.
Through this process, Bonutti honed his woodworking skills, but it became more about helping those who may have lost their homes during the pandemic.
“I really wanted to make space for someone who has lost everything and have them at home even if only temporarily,” says Bonutti.
“To help the homeless, it’s not just something she does for herself, it’s about helping others. It’s really a way of expressing Oxbridge’s culture of compassion,” said student La. ‘ said Taviona Parke.
Campers will be making a donation to Veterans Vehicles this Friday.
“Welcome home and I’m glad I could give you something to live for,” said Bonutti.