HIGH POINT, N.C., May 12, 2017 – Throughout the past month, the following High Point University organizations held fundraising events and hosted programs to benefit the local community and beyond. These efforts are part of the 100,000 hours of service and thousands of dollars that the HPU family contributes each year to local causes.
HPU Student Government Association Packages Goods for Leslie’s House
The SGA Service Committee supported Leslie’s House, a local women’s shelter, by collecting, packing and delivering supplies for residents. HPU students made 100 baskets for the women of Leslie’s House, and each one included kitchen, cleaning and hygiene products. As women leave Leslie’s House, they will be given a basket as a means of stocking essentials in their new home.
“The ability to provide women with essential items for a new home is remarkable,” said Dana Bentley, manager of Leslie’s House. “The SGA did an outstanding job of coordinating the project and seeing it through completion.”
Briana Smalley is a Bonner Leader at HPU and the assistant manager of Leslie’s House. She says that this year is the 10th anniversary of Leslie’s House, and the shelter is very grateful for the High Point community and the university for their endless support.
“To see so many HPU students come together and create these baskets for the wonderful women of Leslie’s House was truly incredible,” said Smalley. “I am so thankful to SGA for funding this event; I feel so truly blessed and honored to help Leslie’s House.”
Colleges Against Cancer Raises over $10,000 at Relay for Life Event
New to the HPU campus, Colleges Against Cancer is an organization that promotes cancer education and awareness amongst college students. During April, the organization hosted a series of events leading up to a Relay for Life walk on HPU’s campus. Through social media initiatives and partnerships with local businesses, the organization raised over $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay for Life walk included musical entertainment, face painting, bounce houses and food from local vendors such as Carter Brothers and The Sweet Shoppe Bakery. Those battling cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers were honored with a lap that recognized their fight against cancer and while luminaries representing those lost to cancer were lit. The event concluded with a closing ceremony that celebrated the events success.
Sigma Nu Fraternity Raises $14,700 for Cancer Center
The Sigma Nu fraternity at HPU hosted their second annual Car Festival, displaying over 150 of the most prestigious cars across North Carolina. The event also featured live music, a snack stand and free ice cream. All proceeds for the event went toward the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, which specializes in breast cancer treatment.
“One of our brothers recently lost his mother to breast cancer, and that’s one of the reasons we chose UNC Lineberger,” said Vinnie Romano, a member of Sigma Nu. “We are proud to have raised a total of $14,700 in just the second year of this event.”
Fraternity Raises $4,200 for Make-A-Wish Foundation
HPU’s Beta Theta Pi hosted their annual Cornhole Tournament, bringing hundreds of participants out to support a good cause. Money raised from tournament entry fees, donations and a raffle supported the fraternity’s efforts to make a child’s “wish” come true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event was held near HPU’s Greek Village and included plenty of music with burgers, hotdogs and corn for sale.
“This year we were very focused on raising as much money as we possibly could for Make-a-Wish,” said Dan Medici, a member of Beta Theta Pi. “I’m proud to say that we reached our goal, raising nearly three times as much as last year. It’s a great cause that brings everyone together and we look forward to continuing the annual tournament.”
HPU Stout School of Education Hosts Students from T.W. Andrews High School
Education majors at HPU partnered with an Adapted Curriculum class at T.W. Andrews High School as part of the university’s “Come Build With Us” program. The ongoing initiative invited high school students to campus, where they learned to sort Lego kits that will be used in upcoming events for local children.
The partnership between Andrews and HPU’s School of Education developed after Rachel LeMarier, a special education major and member of the Class of 2017, began using Legos during her lessons while she was student teaching at Andrews. During her time there, she created lesson plans and activities for students with disabilities in the school’s adapted curriculum classroom. LeMarier brought Lego kits that HPU uses for the STEM outreach program and created a counting and sorting activity that fostered essential skills such as categorical thinking and attention to detail.
To showcase their newfound skills in sorting, the high school students took a field trip to HPU and sorted Lego kits with School of Education faculty. They topped off a day of hard work with a trip to The Café on HPU’s campus.
Zeta Tau Alpha and Kappa Sigma Host After-School Program
HPU’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Kappa Sigma fraternity partnered to host a Hops ‘n Hoops Service Event for elementary students in the PNAC after-school program in High Point. PNAC meets weekly at the Ritz Theater on Washington Street and provides a safe environment that encourages physical activity, nutrition, academics and character development for the elementary school student. The Greek organizations invited PNAC to campus for an Easter-themed event, which included an Easter egg hunt, temporary tattoos and a basketball game. Prowler the Panther even made an appearance to surprise the children.
The event was held in HPU’s Greek Village. Lauren Fischetti, ZTA vice president, said the children were incredibly overjoyed and were grateful to be there.
“It was nice to see two Greek organizations working together to give back to our community,” said Fischetti. “PNAC is such a wonderful program, and hosting an event for them was very rewarding. It was a fun event for all.”
HPU Students Launch Little Free Library
Students from HPU’s Stout School of Education and members of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society partnered to create a Little Free Library for the LEAP (Literacy Empowers All People) after-school program. The library is located on the property of Fairmont Part Baptist Church in High Point and provides children with access to a variety of free books. Students are invited to take part in the “take a book, return a book” program, which is part of a national movement to promote literacy. HPU students assembled, installed and then filled the Little Free Library with books alongside members of the after-school program.