HIGH POINT, N.C., April 14, 2010 ? More than 200 students at High Point University recently kicked off their shoes for a good cause as part of “One Day Without Shoes.”
The students, who are members of the TOMS Shoes Club at HPU, hosted “Surrender Your Shoes” on campus on April 8 in the hopes of raising awareness about the millions of children in developing countries who are forced to grow up barefoot.
“One Day Without Shoes is an annual event hosted by TOMS Shoes in which students, friends, parents, strangers and co-workers host or join barefoot events,” explain Brittany Loomis and Whitney Frost, co-presidents of TOMS Shoes at HPU. “Some go barefoot for an hour, some for the whole day, but all become part of a greater movement toward change.”
Students on campus went barefoot from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ? and those who participated had a TOMS flag painted on their feet as a mass “walking advertisement” of the event.
The event raised a little more than $300, which will all be donated to Friends of TOMS, a sister company to TOMS that funds shoe drops to children around the world.
The event marked the second TOM Shoes event the club has held. One previous event was held during the fall 2009 semester, which raised $525.
“Since this is the first year for the club, we’re so excited for the progress that the club has made on campus, as well as the impact on the student body,” Loomis adds.
In addition to students who went shoeless at HPU, more than 1,600 barefoot events were held around the world on the same day.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring 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 www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.
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