HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 10, 2014 – High Point University students dipped their toes in the sand of exotic locations around the globe during this year’s fall break while pouring their hearts into service.
In Honduras, Guatemala and Florida, groups of students volunteered for the week to rebuild communities and peoples’ lives.
Through the Students Helping Honduras organization, members of the university’s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity helped finish new school buildings. The students’ contributions left children with bright, safe environments in which to live and learn.
“Having the opportunity to travel to Honduras over fall break with Alpha Phi Omega and Students Helping Honduras demonstrated to me how much of a difference you can make in the lives of others,” says HPU student Michael Curtin. “With the help of people in the community, we were able to pour concrete at three separate schools and paint two of them over the course of the week. Watching the schools go from completely unfinished to being ready for students thanks to our collective effort with the community was a life changing experience.”
In Florida, students worked through the United Methodist Church to build new homes for flood victims. And in Guatemala, hundreds more families now have access to purified water, vitamins and safe close-fire stoves thanks to the HPU students who raised thousands of dollars to travel to the country and install new systems there.
The alternative break trips, which have taken to students to numerous areas in need of help in past years, are reflective of the caring spirit HPU students exhibit year-round.
“Our students embrace the values of service, generosity and gratitude,” says Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life. “Each year they come back from these trips reminded of what a difference they can make in just a few days. That renewed sense of service rejuvenates their learning experience and our campus.”