HPU Collects 2,000 Pounds of Food to Honor Fallen Muslim Students

Back row, left to right: HPU student Maxwell Wheeler, Out of the Garden operation manager Nikki Christakos, HPU student Ryan Schultheis and HPU student Nicholas Muiz. Front row, left to right:  freshman success coach Akir Khan and HPU student Ninaru Shtayyeh, packing the Out of the Garden truck with over 2,000 pounds of food.

Back row, left to right: HPU student Maxwell Wheeler, Out of the Garden operation manager Nikki Christakos, HPU student Ryan Schultheis and HPU student Nicholas Muiz. Front row, left to right: freshman success coach Akir Khan and HPU student Ninaru Shtayyeh, packing the Out of the Garden truck with over 2,000 pounds of food.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 3, 2015 – Feed their legacy.

With more than 2,000 pounds of food in tow, that’s what High Point University students, faculty and staff did on April 1 to honor three Muslim students who were killed in Chapel Hill nearly two months ago.

The national Feed Their Legacy movement honors Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha, who were gunned down in their home. HPU students brought the movement to campus to honor the memory of these three individuals, who were service-minded and volunteered in many different ways during their short lives. The food was donated to the Out of the Garden Project, which feeds children in Guilford County.

“These individuals were dedicated to volunteer work,” says Ninaru Shtayyeh, an HPU student and native of Palestine who led the food drive. “Being a Muslim myself, it is as an honor to be a part of this and lead a campaign at High Point University in the United States.”

“It was very rewarding to see our school come together for this cause in just five days,” says Bridget Hess, another HPU student leader. “Even though they were killed in this tragic event, they are still alive through all of this and I am so glad we were able to feed their legacy.”

2,500 food items were donated to Out of the Garden.

2,500 food items were donated to Out of the Garden.

Faculty and staff who assisted the students include Dr. Marjorie Church, director of international student affairs; Mina Ouakrim, instructor of Arabic and French; and Akir Khan, student success coach. Khan personally knew one of the slain students, Deah Barakat, and his family.

“Even though they’ve left this earth and this life, their legacy will remain here forever,” Khan said.

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