HIGH POINT, N.C., April 11, 2014 – The High Point University Slane Center gymnasium was filled with children’s smiles during the annual Spring Carnival on April 7. In partnership with the Montlieu Academy of Technology, the carnival rewarded pre-k through fifth grade students with a field trip for their honor roll accomplishments.
HPU students hosted many activities for the children including an obstacle course, inflatable bouncy castle and a free pizza lunch. At the arts and crafts table, students made butterflies from decorated coffee filters and pipe cleaners, and then wore them as bows and bow-ties. Volunteers also led the elementary students in various schoolyard favorites like Duck-Duck-Goose and Simon Says.
At one station, students wrote thank-you letters to people they loved. Montlieu student Othor Nichols was especially grateful to the men and women in the army, while his classmate Leonardo Blue wrote a letter to his mom. When asked what he’s done so far, Blue added, “My favorite part has been racing in the obstacle course because I always win.”
Meaghan Reney, president of the HPU Volunteer Center and organizer of the event, says that the carnival is a great way to inspire students to work hard and pursue A’s and B’s on their report cards.
Sarah Evans has been teaching at Montlieu Academy for seven years now. She says that her students always look forward to coming to campus, and one of her first-graders “is dead-set on coming to HPU for college now.”
Montlieu principal Gerald O’Donnell noted that the Academy is extraordinarily grateful that HPU continually supports and reaches out to their school. “We value that they recognize and emphasize extraordinary education for our honor roll students.”
HPU holds an ongoing partnership with Montlieu Academy, hosting festivals for the children, providing academic mentorship and putting iPads in the hands of each elementary student. As part of the community-driven iPad Project, HPU education majors assist children in the classroom throughout the year during their student teaching, while the university’s I.T. staff provides technical training and support.