HIGH POINT, N.C., April 14, 2015 – There were smiles all around today at High Point University when 280 children from Montlieu Academy of Technology spent their afternoon at the sixth annual Spring Carnival in Slane Gym. The event was hosted by HPU’s Volunteer Center for students at Montlieu who made the honor roll or consistently went above and beyond in the classroom.
“This is a great experience for our students to be able to come and see what college is like,” says Kim Scott, assistant principal at Montlieu Academy of Technology. “We always tell them that there is so much more beyond the elementary school years so we can encourage all of them to go to college someday. This is a great opportunity to bring some of our students to celebrate their academic excellence, and I am grateful that we have the partnership with HPU to make this happen.”
The carnival is a fun and educational event that HPU students organize for the children each year. This year, the event included an inflatable obstacle course, a bouncing castle, indoor soccer, jump rope and hula hooping.
“We embrace the children of our university’s city and enjoy our partnership with them,” says Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life. “The HPU student body continually models the lessons learned in the classroom regarding community and the importance of partnerships and advocacy for the younger generation.”
The children also had the opportunity to write a letter to U.S. troops with members of the ROTC program at HPU.
“I am excited to be here today because I have been keeping up with my school work,” says Kaleigh Anderson, Montlieu Academy of Technology student. “So far I have been able to write a letter and draw a note for our troops. I hope that they like it.”
“It is special for us as HPU students to be able to give back and entertain all of the kids that worked so hard throughout the semester,” says HPU student and SGA Volunteer Center representative Diana McKay. “Not only is it an incentive for them to do well in school, but it shows them that if they work hard they can be a student at HPU someday.”