Pharmacy Students Give Back to City

HPU students Morgan Hicks and Nikki Mehan paint a bench at Bountiful Harvest Community Garden.

Students Morgan Hicks and Nikki Mehan paint a bench at Bountiful Harvest Community Garden.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 23, 2016 – High Point University’s inaugural class in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy participated in community service activities on Aug. 22 to get to know their community and the people they’ll one day serve. On their last day of orientation, the students volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, West End Ministries, Open Door Ministries and the Washington Street Enrichment Program.

Students were divided into small groups throughout the city of High Point where they cleaned and repaired community buildings, painted benches for Bountiful Harvest Community Garden and prepared a driveway at a Habitat for Humanity site.

“It’s phenomenal for us to have them here today, and it’s always great when the university and community work together,” said Jakki Davis, executive director of D-UP, a nonprofit organization on Washington Street dedicated to getting kids active. “These students have achieved a milestone at HPU, and for them to switch it quickly around and start giving back is wonderful.”

HPU student Steven Nguyen cleans a mirror at the Ritz Theatre on Washington Street in High Point.

Student Steven Nguyen cleans a mirror at the Ritz Theatre on Washington Street in High Point.

While painting a bench at Bountiful Harvest Community Garden, Morgan Hicks, a pharmacy student from Thomasville, North Carolina, said that this project was especially personal for her.

“I work at CVS on Montlieu Avenue, and the same people who come into the store are the same people in this community,” said Hicks. “I see these people a lot, and I’m close with them. So, for me it’s a great collaboration between work and the community.”

The student’s arrived at HPU on Aug. 18 as the Triad’s first pharmacy students. They begin classes today.

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