School of Education Hosts Montlieu Students for Holiday Festivities

High Point University/ Montlieu tree decorating

High Point University/ Montlieu Book BuddyHIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 30, 2012 – High Point University hosted a group of Montlieu Academy of Technology students on campus Nov. 29 to light the School of Education Festival Tree and celebrate the season.

To end the semester, junior elementary education and special education majors that work weekly with students on reading invited their “Book Buddies” to campus. The students participated in a scavenger hunt, ornament making, reading a book with their buddy and decorating the School of High Point University/ Montlieu GroupEducationFestival Tree.

“Book Buddies” are kindergarten through fourth-grade students that receive an hour of one-on-one help from HPU students that focuses on literacy strategies and builds a love for reading.

Third-grader Milton Simmons was decorating an ornament with his “Book Buddy” Allison Elster. When he was asked what his favorite thing to do with Allison is, he said, “Read, just read.”

As the event was wrapping up, third-grader Camari Lane shared what he enjoyed about the morning.

“The smart boards, making ornaments, everything!”

“Our HPU students tell me time and again, although they were prepared to teach their Montlieu buddy, there is no doubt that the HPU students are the ones that learn the most from working with the children from The Montlieu Academy of Technology,” said Dr. Leslie Cavendish, professor of education.

Teachers and administrators from Montlieu were very pleased with the event.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to build a passion for reading. It is a joint partnership, HPU students benefit from it and so do our students,” said Kim Scott, magnet facilitator.

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