HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 6, 2015 – Reaping the rewards for being stellar students, 150 children from Montlieu Academy of Technology who made the honor roll enjoyed a Fall Festival hosted by High Point University’s Volunteer Center today.
“I work really hard in school and am so excited to be here today,” said Montlieu Academy student Arees Salen. “When I get to go to college someday, High Point University is definitely a place where I will think about going.”
The annual fun and educational event included activities such as an inflatable obstacle course, a bouncing castle, jump rope, hula hooping, games and more. Members of HPU’s ROTC program also worked with the students to send thank-you cards to U.S. troops overseas.
“I know the soldiers will really appreciate having thank-you notes sent to them from these children in the High Point community,” said HPU student and ROTC member Kendal Karstens. “It helps them to see the love and support that they have even from children at such a young age.”
“This event gives our HPU students an opportunity to engage with the local community because we are High Point’s University,” said Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for the Office of Student Life. “These children look forward to this every year. They love being able to come on a college campus and experience interacting with college students.”
In the spring, HPU will host a Spring Carnival for Montlieu Academy students who make the honor roll.
“These children are being rewarded because they made good grades,” said Tuttle. “Sending that affirmation to young people is always a powerful message and we love to be that partner with Montlieu Academy to do that with the children and encourage them to pursue success.”
“This is my favorite event that the HPU Volunteer Center does every year,” said Becky Irons, president of the Volunteer Center. “It is so rewarding to see these kids come on HPU’s campus and be able to spend time with the children for the day. Most of them want to stay here and don’t want to leave. I love that we are able to bring in the children from the community and put on events like this year round.”