PARAMUS - About 80 high school students from Paramus Catholic High School are spending the day and night outside to gain a better appreciation of homelessness.

The students gave up their homes, beds, cell phones, Internet and television for the day and got a cardboard box to live in instead.

"It's practically impossible to sleep in the cold and it makes you realize it's so hard for people who do this every day," says Robert Wilson, a senior at the high school.

The students are also doing community service projects while outside and will all deliver reports when they attend school tomorrow.

According to a 2008 report, there are more than 1,000 adults and 600 children homeless in Bergen County alone.