HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26, 2013 – There was a little extra excitement in the air at High Point University when elementary students from Montlieu Academy of Technology visited for the annual Spring Carnival.
The carnival is a fun and educational event that HPU students organize for the children each year. This year, it included face painting, an inflatable obstacle course, a bouncing castle and special activities for Earth Day including decorating and planting seeds inside flower pots.
“This is my favorite event of the year,” said junior and event organizer Taylor Bradley. “The best part is when the kids first walk in and you can see the excitement on their faces.”
“The kids love coming to HPU,” said kindergarten teacher Stacey Pate. “It’s all they’ve been talking about. It’s also exciting for us because it introduces them to a whole new world and gets them thinking about going to college at an early age.”
One highlight was a plant scavenger hunt using Apple iPads. The children took pictures of the different plants around campus using their tablets. They were previously trained to use the iPads, thanks to a partnership between HPU and Montlieu Elementary.
“We’re so grateful to HPU for putting on this event,” said Principal Ged O’Donnell. “There is always something a little different. I really like the events that coincided with Earth Day this year.”
“HPU always embraces the opportunity to collaborate with our community’s schools,” said vice president of student life Gail Tuttle. “Our students always look forward to hosting the school children and sharing our inspiring environment.”