HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19, 2011 ? High Point University students extended the spirit of volunteerism by taking part in a week of events that promote community service as part of ?National Volunteer Week.?Events throughout the week incorporated a variety of service activities, including a Big Brothers Big Sisters event, a Toccatatones concert at the Pennybyrn Retirement Community, the ?Greeks Got Talent? event, volunteering at Open Door Ministries and at the YWCA. The week also included a Spring Children?s Carnival for first-, second- and third-graders from Kirkman Park Elementary.?It always excites me to see so many elementary school students at our university,? says HPU student Maggie Sturdevant, who is Volunteer Center Coordinator. ?As soon as the students walked into the Slane Center, their eyes widened with excitement. I asked a young girl if she was having fun, and she looked at me with a big grin, and said, ?This is the best day of my life.? That?s exactly why we do this event. None of it would have been possible without our HPU student volunteers and the concierge staff, who read, ?I?m Dreaming of HPU? to the students.??National Volunteer Week is truly the perfect opportunity to reinforce the value of service that HPU promotes each and every day,? says Hillary Kokajko, director of Student Activities and Campus Engagement. ?It?s events like this that make volunteerism so meaningful to HPU students ? be it a carnival or serving lunch to those in need ? and that?s why they continue to practice volunteerism year-round.?HPU students volunteer 30,000 hours annually in the High Point community.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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