HIGH POINT, N.C., March 4, 2010 — High Point University students continue to show how much they care for not only their own community, but communities hundreds of miles away by volunteering their free time for people in need. This is not just any free time, though — it’s spring break for the students.
Instead of taking a trip to the beach, several students are participating in “Alternative Breaks.” A group of students from the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega will visit Athens, Ga., where they’ll assist Habitat for Humanity. Another group that has partnered with Oak Ridge United Methodist Church will visit Atlanta, where they’ll help with flood relief. A third group that has partnered with Christ United Methodist Church in High Point will travel to Orlando to help with hunger relief.
Dr. Kelly Norton, director of experiential learning at HPU, says that no matter where the students go, these trips provide a great opportunity for students to give back.
Past locations students have visited include Texas, Atlantic Beach, New Orleans, Mississippi and more, There, students have helped out the Habitat for Humanity organization, as well as numerous hurricane victims.
“Alternative breaks give students the chance to get involved in the lives of others,” Norton says. “Most projects require working with a family or a group for an extended period of time. Students get to know their situation and how their work improves the quality of life.”
In addition to alternative breaks, students participate in many other volunteer activities throughout each school year — in fact, HPU students donate 30,000 volunteer hours every year.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.
Vice President for Administration