HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 10, 2014 – Making the honor roll never felt so good to Montlieu Academy of Technology students like Griffin Rainwater on Friday.
He and nearly 300 other children jumped through bounce houses, had their faces painted, ate pizza, and wrote messages in cards to U.S. troops overseas as part of HPU’s annual Fall Festival for the elementary school.
“I like coming to High Point University a lot,” Rainwater said while his eyes were focused on crafting an acorn with colorful tissue paper. “The Fall Festival gets better every year.”
Good grades and behavior earned them the right to participate, according to Ged O’Donnell, principal at the school.
“Every single one of my students I spoke with was genuinely amazed by the High Point University experience,” says O’Donnell. “I was taken aback by the kindness of all your students and their willingness to make all of our students feel extremely special. They are a true reflection of your university.”
“We have a community of students at HPU who want to participate in co-curricular experiences that embrace values such as service and gratitude,” says Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life at HPU. “Our fall festival is an event that allows our HPU students to be creative with face painting, crafts and physical exercise that our young Montlieu guests love. It’s also exciting to see our Montlieu guests remember HPU students from previous experiences.”
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 IT staff provides technical training and support.