HPU Gives Back to Countless Families During the Holidays

Community members enjoy a carriage ride drawn by Clydesdale horses during the first night of HPU’s fourth annual Community Christmas.

Community members enjoy a carriage ride drawn by Clydesdale horses during the first night of HPU’s fourth annual Community Christmas.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 23, 2014 – The High Point University family’s caring spirit is amplified during the Christmas season. Students, faculty and staff made the holidays bright for thousands of people in the community this year.

In total, HPU touched more than 15,250 lives this holiday season while contributing $30,000 in Christmas gifts.

  • High Point University’s Student Government Association donated $6,500 to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.
  • High Point University’s fourth annual Community Christmas welcomed more than 14,000 members of the community to campus. Attendees enjoyed thousands of Christmas cookies, Clydesdale carriage rides, fellowship, a life-size nativity scene, a photo with Santa Claus and more.

“As High Point’s University, we appreciate our neighbors and enjoy celebrating Christmas at this annual celebration,” said Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president.

  • The Office of Student Life at High Point University donated 30 gifts to the Family Services of the Piedmont for children instead of buying gifts for each other this Christmas.
Montlieu Academy of Technology kindergartner Hezekiah showing off the ornament he made with his book buddy, HPU student Campbell Stewart, created for the HPU School of Education festival tree.

Montlieu Academy of Technology kindergartner Hezekiah showing off the ornament he made with his book buddy, HPU student Campbell Stewart, created for the HPU School of Education festival tree.

  • High Point University students, faculty and staff donated more than 750 stockings to the Salvation Army’s Stuff a Stocking campaign They filled stockings with toys, school supplies, toiletries, teddy bears and more.

“This shows the caring and giving nature that our faculty and staff embody in and outside of the classroom,” says Gail Tuttle, vice president of Student Life. “It is very heartfelt to see that our students are living what they are learning in the classroom.”

  • The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication bought gifts for five families from the Hattie Lee Burgess home, a safe haven for domestic violence shelters. These families received bags of iPod nanos, winter coats, remote control planes, teddy bears, basketballs, gift cards, Legos, household necessities and more.

“It is wonderful when groups like HPU can come together and provide for these people. It makes the holidays a lot better for them,” says Danette Edwards, shelter coordinator.

  • The High Point University Board of Stewards gave gifts to 100 children in the Triad this Christmas. Every year, 100 percent of the fall semester offering from HPU Chapel services goes to the Salvations Army’s Angel Tree program. This year they received $10,000.

“I think the student body gives back so much because the faculty and staff model the value of generosity,” says Alex Nelson. “This empowers us to go out into the community and give back just like the community gives back to us.”

  • This semester, HPU students hosted 34 elementary school students every week for one-on-one reading sessions. On Nov. 21, their time included a scavenger hunt that sent children all over the School of Education building. Each elementary student had three wrapped gifts under the Festival Tree: a book written by HPU president Dr. Nido Qubein, a book HPU students specifically selected for their book buddy, and a scrapbook reading log HPU education majors had compiled that chronicled all the books the buddies had read together.

    HPU Office of Student Life staff with the gifts they gave to the Family Services of the Piedmont.

    HPU Office of Student Life staff with the gifts they gave to the Family Services of the Piedmont.

“The partnerships HPU has with Montlieu and Florence is important to us,” said Dr. Leslie Cavindish, assistant professor of education at HPU. “The positives relationships our students create with their book buddies are really the heart of why we do this program year after year.”

  • Education majors from High Point University surprised 325 children at Kirkman Park Elementary with books and blankets just as cold weather rushed into the Piedmont Triad. The HPU students visited classrooms on Nov. 12 to read stories to the Kirkman Park students. They offered each child a copy of the book afterward, along with a blanket to keep warm.

“This was an excellent surprise,” said Phyllis Marshall, who teaches fifth grade at the school. “Some of our students have many siblings and don’t have things they can call their own. Now they can call these blankets and these books their own. Especially as the cold weather nears, this event was very important.”

Members of HPU’s Student Government Association in front of the Red Kettle that they sponsored this holiday season.

Members of HPU’s Student Government Association in front of the Red Kettle that they sponsored this holiday season.

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