HIGH POINT, N.C., April 7, 2011 ? Students at High Point University recently discovered what it was like to live ?One Day Without Shoes? ? an event held to raise awareness about the millions of children in developing countries that have to grow up barefoot.
The event, which was hosted at HPU by the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity and the TOMS Shoes Club, is an annual worldwide event hosted by TOMS Shoes, a company that donates one pair of shoes to a needy child for every new pair of shoes that it sells. This is the second year that HPU participated.
Students that participated went barefoot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and had a TOMS Shoes flag painted on their feet as a ?walking advertisement? of the event. The event also included a raffle, as well as T-shirt and food sales.
?As High Point University students, we are fortunate to live in this environment that inspires us to help others,? says Jess Schauble, Alpha Phi Omega president. ?It is great that so many students want to help others who aren?t as lucky as we are.?
Proceeds were divided between TOMS Shoes and the Mossy Foot Project, which is an organization that aims to eradicate Podoconiosis in Ethiopia.
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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 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 highpoint.edu.
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