Greek Community, SGA Collect Canned Goods For United Way 'CANpaign'

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 13, 2011 – Now that classes are well underway at High Point University, students are taking time to give back to the community in a collaborative fundraiser that will benefit the United Way of Greater High Point.

The Student Government Association, as well as the Greek community, joined forces with a canned food drive and canned construction project, all to benefit the United Way’s ‘CANpaign Kick-Off,’ which was held today.

Together, HPU students collected 3,500 pounds of food; all of the food items were constructed into a unique sculpture in the shape of a castle.

“The Student Government Association always enjoys giving back to the High Point community,” says Nicholas Lincoln, SGA president. “High Point University recently welcomed the largest class in its history that is filled with students who care about not only the university, but the High Point community as well. With that said, we felt this would be a great way to kick off another year of giving back.”

HPU Greek leader Meg Procaccini agrees that it’s important for HPU students to model the value of generosity and volunteerism in the community.

“The importance of standing together as one is recognized and implemented on the campus of HPU and our food drive is just the beginning of the service work we will be doing this year,” says Procaccini. “We plan to continue working with local philanthropies to make a difference in any way we can.”

The collaborative effort from both groups will help a wide variety of folks in the area.

“The idea is to lead by example, and HPU has made a commitment to help the community,” Lincoln adds.

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. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 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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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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