Students Rebuild Homes, Touch Lives of Tornado Victims during Spring Break

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 19, 2012 – Sixteen students from High Point University traveled south during their spring break through the university’s Alternative Break Program to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to devote an entire week to restoring tornado damage caused by recent storms in the area.

The group, in collaboration with Oak Ridge United Methodist Church, spent the week working on houses affected by the tornado by repairing siding on homes, installing insulation, digging ditches for plumbing and electric, woodwork, landscaping, clearing debris and assembling furniture.

Graham Howard, a senior at HPU, has been on many trips through the Alternative Break Program at HPU, and admits this trip was one of the most touching he has experienced.

“This was the fifth Alternative Break trip I have done since I’ve been at HPU and this was one of the most meaningful trips,” says Howard. “The people we helped were in such need, and they were so thankful for our help.”

Howard, who is graduating in May, adds this trip was a fulfilling way to spend his final break.

“It was great to see and be with so many students that were willing to give up their spring break to serve others. It made me proud to be with them, and it was a great way to spend my last break in college,” Howard says. “We all learned important lessons, such as teamwork and leadership, and that a helping hand can be just what people need sometimes.”

HPU’s Alternative Break Program has an extensive history with ORUMC. This year marks the seventh year in partnership between HPU and ORUMC, and the 17th alternative break trip made together since the fall of 2005.

The Alabama trip was one of two trips taken this spring through the Alternative Break Program at HPU. Another group of students from Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity at HPU, traveled to New Orleans to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to aid in hurricane relief efforts.

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 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. 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 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

# # #
Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


Share Button

Related Posts